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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 Lays Out Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for NLM

October 19, 2020

In comments delivered to the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), AMIA highlighted informatics-driven efforts to develop standards to facilities use of clinical data for research, foster computable and executable knowledge artifacts and a knowledge ecosystem, and advance how scholarly contributions are recognized. Beyond these efforts, AMIA encouraged NLM to […]

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 Response to OIG Information Blocking

June 22, 2020

In response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the HHS Office of Inspector General, AMIA encouraged officials to finalize its policies on civil monetary penalties for information blocking with a “period of learning,” by establishing an effective date 60 days following publication of a final rule in the Federal […]

AMIA Cautions CMS on Using AI/ML for Program Integrity Efforts

November 20, 2019

In response to a CMS request for information (RFI) on how it can use emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve program integrity, AMIA cautioned that such technologies are still in their infancy. AMIA called on CMS that – as it considers the use of […]

AMIA Lends Support to FCC Telehealth Pilot Program

August 29, 2019

In comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AMIA supported its proposal to create a new Connected Care Pilot program that funds connected care projects for low-income Americans and veterans. The pilot would help providers fund broadband services for patients who will participate in telehealth studies; FCC hopes to measure […]

AMIA Pushes More Recommendations to Address Administrative and Regulatory Burden

August 15, 2019

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AMIA reiterated some previous recommendations it made to HHS and made several new ones for CMS to consider in various categories that drive regulatory and administrative burden: documentation; reporting; lack of program alignment; heath IT usability and user […]

AMIA Recommends ‘Phased Approach’ to Payer API Requirements

June 4, 2019

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AMIA recommended a phased approach for making payer and insurance plan data available through open application programming interfaces (APIs) to beneficiaries. AMIA also called on the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) to develop new models to provide structural funding […]