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AMIA’s goal is to improve the legislative and regulatory environment for health informatics research, practice and education through AMIA member expertise.  The primary pathway through which AMIA achieves this goal is by engaging Federal Agencies and Congress on public calls for input, such as Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) or Request for Information (RFIs).  Below, AMIA responses are arranged by Federal Agency and Congressional Committee.

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AMIA Supports Direction of CMS API Proposals

January 4, 2021

In comments submitted to CMS last week, AMIA strongly supported the agency’s effort to provide patients, providers, and payers improved access to certain data through modern API standards and policies to enable such access. However, it also cautioned that CMS should reevaluate the proposed implementation timeline and seek to include […]

AMIA Urges CMS to Stay the Course on Telehealth Expansion, Encouraging Health IT Use

October 5, 2020

In comments submitted last week to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), AMIA strongly supported CMS’s expansion of reimbursement for telehealth and other communications technology during the pandemic, MIPS Value Pathways (MVP) framework changes that would seek to leverage digital quality measures. It also provided detailed comments on a […]

AMIA Urges FTC to Expand Purview of Health Breach Notification Rule

August 24, 2020

In comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),  AMIA recommended that the agency subject username/password information to its Health Breach Notification (HBN) Rule and expand its purview to provide warning to health apps that provide inadequate transparency into its data use, reuse, and exchange. AMIA further urged FTC to address […]

AMIA Tells CMS to Orient Hospital Reporting Policies Towards Public Health

July 7, 2020

In comments filed with CMS last week, AMIA wrote that while it supports proposals to provide hospitals with flexibilities in how they comply with the Promoting Interoperability Program, it also strongly urges CMS to consider how it can leverage this and other programs to help mitigate and recover from the […]

AMIA Applauds PI Program Flexibilities for Hospitals, Reiterates Support for Activity-Based Approach to Demonstrating Health IT Use

June 26, 2019

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) supported proposed flexibilities in how hospitals comply with the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program and those that incentivize them to continue investments in health IT. However, they continued to urge CMS to more […]

HIPAA Must Better Promote Information Sharing, Urges AMIA

February 12, 2019

In comments submitted to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), AMIA recommended that the Office ensure that HIPAA both requires and permits information-sharing upon patient and clinician request, as well as robust penalties for failing to deliver data pursuant to the patient “right […]