July 12, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know


House Appropriations Committee Prepares Education, Health Spending Bill


The fiscal year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) is scheduled to be marked up by the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee today, followed by a full committee consideration on July 15. AACOM’s analysis of the bill is forthcoming. For a list of the FY22 funding priorities for the osteopathic medical education community, see .



to sign on to the Doctors of Community Act, which aims to expand primary care access in rural and underserved communities by permanently and sustainably funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program.

Policy Update

THCGME Program Recipients Receive Funding Increase


  • On June 30, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded approximately $8 million to 60 award recipients of the THCGME Program.
  • These awards are funded with resources from the American Rescue Plan Act and were allocated to current THCGME Program awardees to increase the per resident amount from $150,000 to $160,000 for academic year 2020-2021.
  • HRSA is also the July 14 release of its discretionary THCGME grant program to support the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers.

CDC Releases New Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education


  • On June 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released announcing that institutions of higher education with a fully vaccinated population, including students, faculty and staff, can hold in-person classes at full capacity without requiring or recommending masking or physical distancing.

CFPB Raises Concerns Over Loan Servicers’ Handling of PSLF; PHEAA Leaving Program


  • A June by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau identified misrepresentations by loan servicers related to eligibility information given to borrowers about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
  • The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), one of the largest PSLF program servicers, will not seek to extend its contract with the US Department of Education when it expires in December.

Controversial DHS Student Visa Proposed Rule Withdrawn


  • The Biden Administration a September 2020 that would have eliminated the “duration of status” policy, allowing students to stay in the United States while enrolled in school to complete their degree.

Engagement and Resources

HRSA Announces Buprenorphine Payment Program: In an effort to spur access to substance use disorder treatment, HRSA a program to pay clinicians cleared to prescribe buprenorphine. Eligible federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics may apply. .

ATSU-KCOM Holds Military Commissioning Ceremony: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine students who are members of the US Armed Forces marked their military commissions with a ceremony on May 14. .

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