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NIH Announcement on Genomic Data Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a new Guide Notice NOT-OD-22-198. This notice “Implementation Changes for Genomic Data Sharing Plans Included with Applications Due on or after January 25, 2023,” provides details about what will be expected for data management and sharing plans under the GDS Policy when the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy becomes effective on January 25, 2023.


Data Usability Workgroup Implementation Guide

The Sequoia Project recently announced the release of Data Usability Workgroup Implementation Guide, Version 0.1 and is seeking public feedback through Friday, October 14, 2022. This implementation guide covers the identified priority use cases that can be readily adopted within health information exchange vendors, implementers, networks, governance frameworks and testing program.

National Center for Health Statistics Board of Scientific Counselors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Health Statistics. Among other fields, the BSC seeks experts in medical informatics, data and health information security, storage, confidentiality, and dissemination. For more details on how to submit a nominations packet, click here. Nominations are due October 14, 2022.

HHS OIG Issues Two Reports on Telehealth Use

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released two reports on telehealth use during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beneficiaries in urban areas were more likely than those in rural areas to use telehealth during the first year of the pandemic. Beneficiaries in Massachusetts, Delaware, and California were more likely than beneficiaries in some other States to use telehealth. Dually eligible beneficiaries (i.e., those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid), Hispanic beneficiaries, younger beneficiaries, and female beneficiaries were also more likely than others to use telehealth. Read the full report.

On the payment side, OIG identified 1,714 providers whose billing for telehealth services during the first year of the pandemic poses a high risk to Medicare. These providers billed for telehealth services for about half a million beneficiaries. They received a total of $127.7 million in Medicare fee-for-service payments. Read the full report.

Legislation and Politics

The U.S. House of Representatives remains on recess until September 13. Lawmakers are expected to address appropriations for FY 2023.

AMIA News & Notes

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