June 28, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know


AACOM, Through SAA, Leads on Introduction of Senate Bill to Permanently Allow Students to Vaccinate


Introduced by US Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the Student Assisted Vaccination Effort (SAVE) Act (S. 2114) permits DO and other health professions students to administer vaccines with supervision during future public health emergencies. about the SAVE Act and to co-sponsor the bill.


Dr. Kowalski, pictured left, discusses the importance of the DOC Act with Rep. Timmons (R-SC).

VCOM-Carolinas Founding Dean Urges South Carolina Legislators to Endorse DOC Act


On June 10, Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, vice provost for professional and public affairs and founding dean of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus, of the Doctors of Community (DOC) Act with US Representative William Timmons (R-SC). Dr. Kowalski also met with congressional staff for US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) and US Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to advocate for the bill. AACOM the DOC Act, which would permanently and sustainably fund the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. .

Democrats Move to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal with Party-Line Budget Resolution to Increase Health Funding


Last week, President Biden signaled his support for a totaling $579 billion in new spending. However, President Biden and Democratic leaders indicated they will not move the bipartisan package without also advancing a new budget reconciliation bill, which would allow approval for Democratic priorities without GOP support. The Senate budget resolution, under development by Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would reportedly cost nearly $6 trillion. Discussion drafts of the Senate budget resolution note the importance of increasing funding for training physicians in primary care and rural and underserved areas through expanding Medicare GME and the THCGME Program.



to sign on to the SAVE Act, legislation that would permit DO and other health professions students to administer vaccines with supervision during future public health emergencies.

to sign on to the Strengthening America’s Health Care Readiness Act of 2021 (S. 54), legislation that would increase funding for the National Health Service Corps’ scholarship and loan repayment programs and reserve a portion of these funds for students who are historically underrepresented in medicine.

Policy Update

ED Confirms Title IX Protects LGBTQ+ Students from Discrimination


  • The 2020 US Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County concluded that one cannot discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity without discriminating against that person based on sex.
  • In response, the US Department of Education (ED)’s Office of Civil Rights issued a confirming that Title IX therefore protects LGBTQ+ students from discrimination.

ED to Begin Phased Implementation of FAFSA Simplification Act


  • ED will remove drug conviction and Selective Service eligibility criteria for the 2021-2022 award year and early implement the repeal of the limitations on lifetime subsidized loan eligibility.
  • Other changes will take effect in the 2024-2025 award year, one year beyond the statutory deadline. .

CMS Extends Medicare GME Affiliated Group Agreement Deadline


  • CMS extended the deadline for submitting new GME affiliated group agreements for academic year (AY) 2021-2022 from July 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022.
  • The deadline also applies to extensions of affiliated group agreements for AY20-21. CMS announced the deadline changes in the “” document.

DC Court Rules in Favor of Teaching Hospitals that Educate Fellows


  • The DC US District Court ruling in determined that CMS must recalculate payments to teaching hospitals that educate fellows.
  • The decision is in response to a claim brought by a group of teaching hospitals that argued the formula CMS used to calculate the payments resulted in hospitals being paid less if they hosted fellows above a specific cap.

Engagement and Resources

DMU Receives Grant to Support Global Health Opportunities: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Cundinamarca Department, Columbia and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas Bogota will collaborate on a sustainable health equity project sponsored by the Colombian Institute of Educational Loans and Studies Abroad and the US Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. .

PCOM South Georgia Joins NIH’s All of Us Research Program: The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia Campus has partnered with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program to provide research opportunities for medical students, graduate students and faculty members. .

Apply by July 22 for STAR Loan Repayment Program: The Health Resources and Services Administration unveiled a new Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program that expands the eligible pool of disciplines and treatment facilities. Eligible osteopathic physicians can receive up to $250,000 in exchange for a six-year, full-time service commitment at a substance use disorder facility. .

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers: On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard requiring healthcare industry employers to develop COVID-19 safety plans and to take defined steps to reduce workplace transmission of COVID-19. .

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