OMB Releases Federal Regulatory Agenda for 2023
This month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the unified federal regulatory agenda for agencies across the government. This agenda is a signal of regulatory actions under consideration this year. There are multiple areas of interest including information blocking and human subjects research protections.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Healthcare Attachments
Since the last edition of the Washington Download on December 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule. AMIA is working to develop comments, due to CMS by March 21. This proposed rule follows on the heels of the December 6 CMS proposed rule on prior authorization for medical items and services. AMIA will submit comments to the Agency by the March 13 deadline.
OSTP Extends Deadline for Comment on Pair of Clinical Research Infrastructure and Emergency Clinical Trials RFIs
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has extended the comment deadline until January 27, for responses to the Request for Information (RFI) on Clinical Research Infrastructure and Emergency Clinical Trials. The deadline was also extended until January 27 for a companion RFI on Data Collection and Emergency Clinical Trials Interoperability Pilot.
CDC Establishes Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a reorganization to establish a Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics. The purpose of the Center is to advance U.S. forecasting, outbreak analytics, and surveillance capacities related to disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics to support public health response and preparedness.
Legislation and Politics
In late December 2022, Congress approved an omnibus FY 2023 appropriations package to fund federal government operations and address some important heath policy provisions. President Biden signed the measure into law. Of note, Congress provided a $2.5 billion increase in the base budget for the National Institutes of Health. Lawmakers failed to fully address Medicare Physician Fee Schedule reimbursement cuts, meaning a 2 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement effective January 1, 2023.
The 118th Congress convened on January 3, and continues to organize Committee appointments. AMIA will follow developments closely especially for committees of jurisdiction over policy issues of interest to AMIA.
Around the Web
- Electronic health record legal settlements in the US since the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act; PSNet
- 2023 forecast: Why digital health is ripe for more M&A; Fierce Healthcare
- Report: Telehealth Programs Increase Workload for Nurses and Support Staff; MedCity News
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