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October 18, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Introducing AACOM's Talent Bank: Fill Out Your Professional Leadership Profile Today!

 

Would you like to serve on national boards, task forces, committees or federal and state commissions? Would you be an OME spokesperson for media projects or mentor students? The Talent Bank is a new AACOM benefit providing our members with a platform to share their expertise to help promote and grow OME. This new feature allows you to indicate your specific interests, expertise and specialties and select the ways you would like to represent the OME community. .

AACOM Advocates

A Record Number of Advocates Take Action on AACOM Advocacy Day

Panelists from AACOM Advocacy Day. Representative Brad Wenstrup (top left), Legislative Assistant Jay Eberle (top right), Legislative Assistant Stephanie Johnson (bottom left) and AACOM President and CEO Robert A. Cain (bottom right).

On October 6 and 7, 240 members of the OME community came together to support AACOM’s federal policy priorities as part of AACOM Advocacy Day. During informational panels on October 6, participants received a congressional health policy update from U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH). Participants also received a behind the scenes look at OME policy priorities from congressional staffers Stephanie Johnson, legislative assistant for Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), and Jay Eberle, legislative assistant for Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), and an advocacy training session led by the AACOM Government Relations Department. On October 7, advocates from 45 colleges of osteopathic medicine, branch campuses and additional locations led a total of 124 virtual congressional meetings, while grassroots advocates used the AACOM Action Center to send hundreds of messages to their congressional delegations. .

 

It’s Not Too Late to Advocate! Help Advance OME Priorities

If you were unable to participate in AACOM Advocacy Day and would like to take action, you can still urge Congress to advance the following issues affecting OME. Write, tweet or call your legislators today and ask them to:

Policy Update

Education Department Plans PSLF Program Reform

 

  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED) to overhaul the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which provides loan forgiveness for student loan borrowers working in public-sector or nonprofit jobs.
  • ED plans to use its authority under the COVID-19 public health emergency to temporarily suspend some of the program’s requirements and expand the number of borrowers who can have their debts forgiven. Now, for a limited period of time, borrowers may receive credit for past payments made on loans that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. The department will also take steps to ease loan forgiveness for military service members.
  • Borrowers will need to apply for PSLF before October 31, 2022 to qualify.

Debt Ceiling Lifted Until December

 

  • On October 12, the House voted along party lines to increase the debt limit to $28.9 trillion, which is expected to cover government spending through December 3. House approval came after 11 Senate Republicans voted to overcome a filibuster of debt ceiling relief on October 7.
  • The debt limit deadline coexists with a December 3 deadline to fund the government, currently operating under a temporary continuing resolution.
  • The delay gives Senate Democrats time to continue negotiating a separate partisan reconciliation bill, which may need to be used to extend the debt limit since bipartisan cooperation is unlikely.
  • AACOM is seeking increased funding for the Teaching Health Center GME Program, Medicare GME and other medical education funding in the reconciliation bill.

90/10 Rulemaking Process Begins; Federal Trade Commission Update for For-Profit Institutions

 

  • ED to begin the federal rulemaking process to review the 90/10 rule as instructed by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021. The ARP amended the 90/10 rule to require for-profit institutions to derive at least 10 percent of revenues from sources that are not federal education assistance funds.
  • ED will hold public hearings on October 26-27 and receive written public comments through November 3. A notice soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on the 90/10 negotiated rulemaking committee is forthcoming.
  • Please notify AACOM GR at if you or your institution plan to provide public comment. Regulations developed through this process will not be effective until on or after January 1, 2023.
  • Also, the Federal Trade Commission enacted on for-profit colleges that make misleading or deceptive claims about how well their graduates find jobs or how much they earn.

Engagement and Resources

HHS Seeks Public Comment on Draft Strategic Plan: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft update to its strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-2026, which incorporates five overarching strategic goals. The plan includes objectives to bolster the healthcare workforce and expand access to mental and behavioral healthcare treatment. .

Reminder: Finance Committee Seeks Proposals to Enhance Behavioral Healthcare: The Senate Finance Committee will draft bipartisan legislation to address gaps in behavioral healthcare and seeks proposals from stakeholders. .

Reminder: Application Deadline and Resources for NHSC Loan Repayment Opportunity: A historic increase in funding means the National Health Service Corps will be making more awards in a single year than ever before. Students in their final year of school may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment. View a webinar for more information and apply by .

HRSA Payment Program for Buprenorphine-Trained Clinicians: Approximately $1.5 million in DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program funding remains available on a first-come, first-serve basis for rural health clinics. The aims to improve access to substance use disorder treatment by paying for clinicians who are cleared to prescribe buprenorphine. Send questions to . There is ongoing availability of a from the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the Providers Clinical Support System.

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