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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]

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 […]

AMIA Calls on HHS to Decouple Clinical Documentation and Administrative Requirements

January 29, 2019

In comments submitted to ONC and CMS, AMIA recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services orient its documentation burden reduction strategy towards a long-term goal of decoupling clinical documentation from billing, regulatory, and administrative compliance requirements. AMIA highlighted the unique opportunity to leverage informatics tools and methodologies to […]