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AMIA’s Washington Download is a biweekly newsletter for health informatics policy news and information. It highlights the conversations and activities driving the health policy agenda in Washington, D.C. From legislation and politics to a federal regulations, the Washington Download provides a view into AMIA’s policy priorities, such as health IT safety, data sharing in research and patient empowerment.

AMIA’s Washington Download is the source for health informatics policy news and information from around the Beltway, covering action from the Hill, the Administration and important AMIA collaborators. The editor is Scott Weinberg, Public Policy Specialist who is responsible for planning, initiating and managing AMIA’s overall public policy and government relations programs.

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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 13

July 18, 2022
Top News AMIA Endorses ACMI Statement on Recent Supreme Court Ruling AMIA Board President and Chair Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD, FACS, FACMI, FAMIA, released a statement endorsing the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) position on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Supreme Court Ruling, with minor modifications
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 12

July 6, 2022
Top News ARPA-H Passed the House of Representatives, now onto the Senate By a bipartisan vote of 336 to 85, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of ARPA-H Act on June 22 and will now go to the Senate for their consideration. Congressional authorization of ARPA-H will allow
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 11

June 21, 2022
Top News House Energy and Commerce Discussion Draft – Data Privacy and Security The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a legislative hearing last week on a bipartisan, bicameral discussion draft of a comprehensive national data privacy and security bill released by House Energy
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 10

June 6, 2022
Top News HITAC Recommendations to Reform Electronic Prior Authorization ONC recently announced the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee's (HITAC) 13 recommendations for reform of the electronic prior authorization process. Topics include: Certified Health IT Capabilities to Support the Prior Authorization Workflow; Readiness of Implementation Guides to Support Functional Capabilities; Patient-Centered
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 9

May 23, 2022
Top News Registration Open: 2022 CMS & HL7 FHIR Connectathon The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will again bring stakeholders together for the HL7 FHIR Connectathon July 19-21; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET. July 19: CMS and industry experts will provide policy updates with an emphasis on
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 8

May 9, 2022
Top News HHS Secretary Transfers ARPA-H to NIH The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has transferred the administration of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this transfer, NIH may not subject ARPA-H to NIH
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 7

April 25, 2022
Top News CMS Issues FY 2023 Proposed IPPS and Long-Term Care Hospitals Rule The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. For acute care hospitals paid under the IPPS that successfully participate in the Hospital Inpatient
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 6

April 11, 2022
Top News President Biden Releases FY 2023 Budget Proposal On March 28, the White House released the FY 2023 President’s Budget. Highlights of the President’s budget request include: $62.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $19.5 billion increase over the FY 2022 CR level; $5 billion to
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 5

March 28, 2022
Top News White House Warns of Increased Potential for Cybersecurity Attacks In a statement released March 21, President Biden warned the U.S. of the increased threat of cyber attacks by the Russian government. The President noted the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is working with organizations
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 4

March 14, 2022
Top News Medical Device Software Cybersecurity Alert The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert for medical device users and manufacturers about a cybersecurity vulnerability for the Axeda agent and Axeda Desktop Server. The Axeda agent and desktop server are web-based technologies that allow one or more people