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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 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 Supports More Research On Telemental Health

August 30, 2019

In response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AMIA strongly supported additional research on whether telehealth can support initiatives related to suicide risk reduction and opioid overdose prevention. NIH was seeking input on current clinical experience in the use of telehealth in emergency department […]

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 Supports, Encourages Further Refinement of FDA AI/Machine Learning Regulatory Framework

June 5, 2019

In comments submitted this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s informatics professionals applauded the agency for developing a regulatory Modification Framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)-based software as a medical device (SaMD). The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) offered additional observations and recommendations for […]

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 […]