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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 Urges FTC to Expand Purview of Health Breach Notification Rule

August 24, 2020

In comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),  AMIA recommended that the agency subject username/password information to its Health Breach Notification (HBN) Rule and expand its purview to provide warning to health apps that provide inadequate transparency into its data use, reuse, and exchange. AMIA further urged FTC to address […]

An Open Letter from the American Medical Informatics Association and the American College of Medical Informatics Regarding Public Health Reporting Deficiencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 19, 2020

AMIA and ACMI have released the following letter recommending the July 10, 2020, memo, “COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQ,” be rescinded, and hospitals continue reporting COVID-19 capacity and utilization data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

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 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 Response to OIG Information Blocking

June 22, 2020

In response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the HHS Office of Inspector General, AMIA encouraged officials to finalize its policies on civil monetary penalties for information blocking with a “period of learning,” by establishing an effective date 60 days following publication of a final rule in the Federal […]

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 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 Lends Support to FCC Telehealth Pilot Program

August 29, 2019

In comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AMIA supported its proposal to create a new Connected Care Pilot program that funds connected care projects for low-income Americans and veterans. The pilot would help providers fund broadband services for patients who will participate in telehealth studies; FCC hopes to measure […]

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 […]