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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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Addressing Algorithmic Bias Only One Part of Broader Societal Effort, AMIA Tells AHRQ

May 4, 2021

In comments to submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), AMIA stressed that “data creation and collection and algorithm development, deployment, and evaluation do not occur in a value-free vacuum.” Thus, while “there are systematic steps and approaches that can be helpful in both recognizing and reducing […]

AMIA Calls for New Focus on DEI Research

April 15, 2021

In comments submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AMIA called for the creation of new funding opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) research, as well as prioritizing DEI research proposals, researchers, training, and experience. AMIA further urged NIH to incentivize partnerships between large research institutions and those […]

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 […]

An Open Letter from the American Medical Informatics Association and the American College of Medical Informatics Regarding Public Health Reporting Deficiencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 19, 2020

AMIA and ACMI have released the following letter recommending the July 10, 2020, memo, “COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQ,” be rescinded, and hospitals continue reporting COVID-19 capacity and utilization data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

AMIA Urges Congress to Improve National Data-Driven Public Health Surveillance Ecosystem

July 7, 2020

In response to a Senate HELP Committee white paper on preparing for the next pandemic, AMIA made several suggestions on ways Congress can improve the nation’s data-driven public health surveillance ecosystem. AMIA urged Congress to address limited connectivity between health care systems and public health systems for better surveillance and […]

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 […]