AAMC Urges Senate to Pass 21st Century Cures Act

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The AAMC is pleased that today the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a strong, bipartisan vote of 392-26. We are grateful the House has confirmed its commitment to medical research and other patient care issues vital to improving the health of all Americans. We urge the Senate to pass this critical legislation.

The bill recognizes the importance of more funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reducing the administrative burden for medical researchers, and the role of socioeconomic status—SES—in the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program.

While we are pleased with the targeted NIH budget increases, this new funding is meant to supplement—not supplant—increases to the base NIH budget. Toward that end, we urge Congress to also pass the full FY 2017 NIH appropriation of $34.1 billion before January and avoid the delays and inefficiencies that further continuing resolutions would impose on life-saving research and other public health priorities.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.