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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 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
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 3

February 28, 2022
Top News Now Available: eCQM Annual Update Pre-Publication Document The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document, which describes changes in the standards and code system versions used in the updated eCQMs for potential use in CMS quality reporting
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 2

February 14, 2022
Top News EHR Reporting Program Draft Measures Under the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress mandated the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program as part of new Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. For the initial set of measures, ONC is focusing on interoperability
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The Washington Download - Vol. 7 Issue 1

January 31, 2022
Top News ONC Announces TEFCA Recently, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and their Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), the Sequoia Project, announced the publication of the Trusted Exchange Framework and the Common Agreement (TEFCA), marking the beginning of the implementation phase. The main goal of