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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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FTC Health Breach Notification Rule

August 1, 2023

Generally, AMIA encourages FTC to ensure that HBNR and HIPAA are aligned such that there are no gaps in regulation over the covered entities and other non-covered entities that work with PHR; to align definitions with other agencies, including the definition of PHR; and to provide clarity around whether a […]

Health Data Privacy Statement

July 13, 2023
AMIA’s leadership and staff consistently value and prioritize health data privacy through our country’s ever-changing healthcare landscape. In 2020, AMIA published a set of Policy Principles, which details our stance on the need for health and healthcare data privacy as follows:

HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy

June 16, 2023

AMIA supports efforts by HHS to revise the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (“Privacy Rule”) under HIPAA and HITECH Act, to implement protections limiting uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) for certain purposes where the use or disclosure of information is about reproductive health care […]

AMIA Supports Funding to ONC

May 12, 2023

AMIA, along with other organizations, urges Congress to fully fund the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the President’s proposed FY24 budget request of $103.6 million. ONC has long served as the key partner to public and […]

ONC United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Draft v4

April 17, 2023

AMIA appreciates ONC’s efforts to solicit feedback on data collection for future iterations of USCDI. Overall, AMIA encourages ONC to ensure that USCDI will decrease burden with common elements for interoperable exchange. Increasing burden on clinical workflow will be a detriment to all stakeholders. We believe the lack of clear […]

CMS Administrative Simplification Proposed Rule

March 21, 2023

AMIA commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its effort to address administrative simplification through proposing standards for health care attachments transactions and electronic signatures. In theory, standards should be an important step to reduce provider burden if the standards are current and enable a practical application […]

CMS Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Proposed Rule

March 13, 2023

AMIA commends CMS for taking steps to address the workflow burden of prior authorization and the significant barriers and delays that it imposes on medical practice. Most importantly, prior authorization impedes timely patient access to needed care and in some cases, results in denial of appropriate care altogether. We believe […]