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AMIA Hosts National Burden Reduction Collaborative at Annual Symposium

During this year’s AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium, AMIA hosted the National Burden Reduction Collaborative (NBRC), sponsored by Epic. The launch of this ongoing collaboration brought together several major burden-reduction stakeholders. This collaborative is one of a number of AMIA 25x5 Task Force outreach activities aimed at addressing the nationwide challenge of reducing documentation burden in healthcare.

AMIA and NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy Webinar

Join us tomorrow, December 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET for this informative webinar with staff from the National Library of Medicine. The new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy, which goes into effect on January 25, 2023, will promote the sharing of scientific data from NIH-funded research. During this webinar the speakers will discuss the value of data sharing for the research enterprise, provide an overview of the DMS Policy and implementation activities, and discuss the importance of informatics in enabling rigorous data collection and capture, management, and sharing. Register now.


AHRQ Issues 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently issued the 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQDR), which provides an annual portrait of healthcare in the U.S. This year’s report notes advances such as declines in mortality from HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, but also documents a national decline in life expectancy, healthcare worker shortages, and rural hospital closures. This year’s NHQDR also spotlights four topics of interest to the Biden Administration: maternal health, child and adolescent mental health, substance abuse disorders, and oral health. 

AHRQ is Seeking Proposals for its Patient Safety Learning Lab Grant 

AHRQ is accepting proposals from multidisciplinary research teams to establish Patient Safety Learning Labs that use a systems engineering approach to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety challenges. Applicants may focus on current pressing patient safety issues related to diagnosis or treatment such as patient falls, medication safety, provider burnout and health disparities. AHRQ encourages all eligible institutions, including minority-serving institutions, to apply. Proposals are due by January 25. Access the funding announcement for details and instruction on how to apply, as well as more information about AHRQ’s Patient Safety Learning Lab

AHRQ Data Visualization – Healthcare Expenditures 

AHRQ’s newest data visualization, which utilizes data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, highlights trends in healthcare expenditures between 2014 and 2019. Users can explore healthcare expenditures by age, race, payment source and type of service provided.

Population Data Released for Healthy People 2030 Objectives 

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, along with the National Center for Health Statistics, recently released data tools to track progress toward Healthy People objective targets over the decade and to see how specific population groups are doing compared to national targets.

Legislation and Politics

As of this writing, members of Congress have not yet agreed to FY 2023 appropriations to fully fund the federal government. Additionally, some health care measures have yet to be considered, including legislation on prior authorization reforms for Medicare Part C plans, and legislation to provide relief from physician payment cuts under the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Updates will be provided in future editions of the Washington Download

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AMIA’s Washington Download is your source for health informatics policy news and information from around the Beltway, covering action from the Hill, the Administration and important AMIA collaborators.