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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 Cautions Against Paid Prioritization

April 17, 2018

In comments submitted to the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged lawmakers to view broadband access as a social determinant of health, warranting a more nuanced approach to managing Internet traffic through tiered pricing, known as paid prioritization.

AMIA Outlines Priorities for NIH Data Science Strategy

April 3, 2018

In comments submitted yesterday, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to declare that all data generated through its grants align with FAIR data principles. It is not enough that the NIH commit to FAIR data principles, the nation’s experts in health and […]

AMIA Applauds Omnibus Funding Bill

March 22, 2018

AMIA applauds the bipartisan work of Congress to deliver a comprehensive funding bill that will enable data-driven discovery and accelerate healthcare’s transformation through informatics. By fully funding ONC, AHRQ, CDC, FDA, and by providing a $3 billion boost to the NIH, this spending package makes good on the promises articulated […]

AMIA Recommends Swift Implementation of Common Rule 2018 Requirements

March 19, 2018

In comments submitted to HHS March 19, 2018, AMIA recommended that HHS proceed swiftly with implementation of revisions to the Common Rule, known as the 2018 Requirements. AMIA recommended that 2018 Requirements be made effective July 19, 2018 and that the compliance date be set as January 19, 2019. This […]

AMIA and Pew Letter to ONC on 21st Century Cures EHR Reporting Measures

December 14, 2017

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is supposed to implement an EHR reporting program. However, recent budget proposals would cut ONC’s funding – something ONC officials have said would prevent them from fully implementing this safety provision. The Cures Act […]

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 Submits Comments to ONC on 2018 ISA

November 28, 2017

In comments submitted to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) called on the federal government to update and enhance the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. The nation’s experts in health informatics also urged ONC to support a more robust, modern testing infrastructure […]

AMIA Comments on CMS Innovation Center RFI

November 21, 2017

In response to a CMS Innovation Center request for information (RFI) on its potential new direction, AMIA offered several suggestions focusing on the interdependency of payment and delivery reforms, supported by health IT and health informatics. AMIA suggested additional guiding principles with which to approach new Innovation Center model design […]

AMIA Comments on NLM Data Science RFI

November 2, 2017

In response to a request for information (RFI) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), AMIA detailed numerous key challenges and opportunities for data science in health and biomedicine. AMIA further provided policy and research ideas in support of the NLM fulfilling a 2015 Advisory Committee recommendation to become the […]