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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 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 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 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 […]

AMIA Supports CMS Efforts to Reduce Documentation Burden, Streamline MIPS

September 10, 2018

In response to the CMS CY2019 Physician Fee Schedule NPRM, AMIA applauded federal officials for aligning physician and hospital EHR requirements and advancing policies that further incentivize the adoption of health IT for patient care. AMIA also supported CMS efforts to reduce documentation burden through new options to use time […]

AMIA Pushes for Informatics Representation on Potential HHS Workgroup

July 11, 2018

In response to an HHS request for information on the creation of a new Healthcare Sector Innovation and Investment Workgroup, AMIA strongly recommended the inclusion of representatives of the health informatics community. Additionally, AMIA called for HHS to orient the Workgroup towards innovating and investing in areas that are strategically […]

AMIA Calls on Lawmakers to Support Students in Tax Reform

December 12, 2017

In a letter sent to the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged leadership to abandon potential tax reform provisions that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income.

AMIA Supports Federal Health IT Research & Development Framework

July 12, 2017

In comments submitted to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, the nation’s leading biomedical and health informaticians applauded federal officials for developing a draft strategic framework for health IT research and development (R&D). AMIA provided a series of recommendations highlighting the need for R&D related to […]