September 8, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Senate FY23 LHHSE Explanatory Statement Supports Osteopathic Research at NIH


Building on the from the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations bill, AACOM secured new language reinforcing the importance of expanding osteopathic research and representation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the FY23 Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHSE) Explanatory Statement. The language is aligned with the in support of osteopathic research and represents an important milestone in AACOM’s comprehensive effort to decrease the NIH funding gap for colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Osteopathic Medical Schools—Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the country and osteopathic medical schools educated 25 percent of all medical students. The Committee understands that osteopathic medical students receive 200 hours of additional training in the musculoskeletal system and learn the value of osteopathic manipulative treatment as a non-pharmacological alternative to pain management. Over half of osteopathic physicians practice in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics, and a disproportionate share of osteopathic medical graduates are located in rural and underserved areas. The Committee believes that increased access to research funding for the osteopathic researchers will significantly bolster NIH’s capacity to support robust recovery from the COVID–19 pandemic, address health disparities in rural and medically-underserved populations, and advance research in primary care, prevention, and treatment. The Committee requests an update on the current status of NIH funding to colleges of osteopathic medicine and representation of doctors of osteopathic medicine on NIH National Advisory Councils and standing study sections in the fiscal year 2024 CJ.

AACOM will continue to engage the House and Senate and maintain this momentum to solidify opportunities to increase osteopathic research funding as the FY23 appropriations process moves forward. For other programs and provisions of importance to the osteopathic medical education community, please review .

AACOM Advocates

Urge Congress to Strengthen and Expand Rural GME


AACOM worked with members of the rural graduate medical education (GME) coalition to the House version of the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act (H.R. 8508). This bipartisan, budget neutral bill, led by Reps. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), aims to increase the physician workforce in rural areas by equitably funding rural residency training. Join AACOM in supporting rural health and encourage Congress to cosponsor and pass S.1893/H.R. 8508 now!

Policy Update

CMS Finalizes GME Updates in FY23 IPPS Rule


  • Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) its FY23 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule, set to take effect on October 1, 2022.
  • In the final rule, CMS adopted its proposal to change GME full-time equivalent (FTE) caps for certain hospitals. AACOM previously to CMS in support of this change.
  • The final rule will now allow certain urban and rural hospitals participating in Rural Tracks to enter into Medicare GME affiliation agreements in order to share FTE caps.
  • For a comprehensive analysis of this and other provisions in the final rule, .

President Biden Announces Student Loan Forgiveness, Loan Repayment Updates


  • On August 24, 2022, President Biden announced up to $20,000 of federal student loan forgiveness for qualifying borrowers.
  • Under the plan, borrowers with an annual income of less than $125,000 (for individuals) or $250,000 (for joint filers) will be eligible for up to $10,000 of federal student loan debt forgiveness if they did not receive a Pell Grant, and up to $20,000 if they are Pell Grant recipients.
  • The Administration also announced that student loan payments will be paused a final time before resuming in January 2023. For more information, .
  • For eligible public servants, borrowers must apply by October 31, 2022, to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness. .

Engagement and Resources

Exclusive Webinar on Loan Repayment: Join AACOM and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) on September 15, 2022, at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the . The NHSC S2S LRP provides qualified individuals up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for medical school student loans, in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need rural, tribal or urban community. .

Apply Now for Teaching Health Center GME Program: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is awarding $18 million in 28 awards to support new primary care residency positions at new Teaching Health Centers (THCs) and to increase the number of resident positions at existing THCs. Grantees will prepare residents to provide high quality care, particularly in rural and underserved communities. .

Apply Today for Geriatrics Academic Career Awards: The HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce is accepting applications for Geriatrics Academic Career Awards. This program supports the career development of junior faculty as academic geriatricians or academic geriatrics specialists. .

Applications Open for the Rural Health Network Development Program: The HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy is accepting applications for the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program. The goal of the RHND Program is to address gaps in service, enhance systems of care and expand capacity of the local rural healthcare system. HRSA anticipates awarding more than $13 million in grants across 44 awards. .

AACOM’s Title IX Proposed Rule Analysis: Comments close September 12, 2022, on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. The proposed rule would make changes to prohibitions on sex discrimination in education and other issues. .

Plan Ahead! Grants.gov Will Be Temporarily Offline: To ensure a seamless transition to the cloud, Grants.gov will be offline from Friday, September 23, 2022, at 12:01 AM ET through Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET. All applications in progress before the system goes offline will be saved. .

Visit AACOM's for federal grants of interest to osteopathic medical education.

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