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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 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
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 25

December 20, 2021
Top News CMS Outlines Agency Interoperability Goals In a December 8 blog post, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure outlined the agency’s recent and upcoming efforts to enhance interoperable data exchange. As part of these efforts, CMS recently announced that it will be exercising enforcement discretion
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 24

December 6, 2021
Top News ONC Publishes Write-Back API Workshop Report Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published its summary report of a virtual workshop held earlier this year to discuss stakeholder knowledge, current usage, potential use cases, and lessons learned on “write-back” API technology. In
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 23

November 23, 2021
AMIA is saddened to hear of the passing of Virginia K. Saba. Virginia was an early leader in emerging technologies in nursing and healthcare, and was a mentor to many. Her contributions to nursing informatics have made a lasting impact on patient care. Our thoughts are with Virginia's family and
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 22

November 1, 2021
Top News Infrastructure Vote Delayed Again, as White House Releases Updated ‘Build Back Better’ Framework Last Thursday, the House of Representatives once again delayed the vote on the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as House progressives continued their pledge to vote it down if it is not accompanied by
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 21

October 18, 2021
Top News Biden Set to Nominate Califf to Again Lead FDA The White House is reportedly in the process of vetting former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner (FDA) Dr. Robert Califf to become the agency's leader once again. Califf had previously headed the agency in the last year of the
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 20

October 4, 2021
Top News Congress Avoids Government Shutdown, as Infrastructure and Reconciliation Talks Continue The House and Senate voted last Thursday to approve a short-term government funding bill that keeps federal agencies funded at current levels through December 3 and holds off a partial government shutdown; President Biden signed the bill later
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The Washington Download - Vol. 6 Issue 19

September 20, 2021
Top News Cures 2.0 Sponsors Want to Establish ARPA-H by Year’s End House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee leaders say they hope to get Cures 2.0 passed by the end of the year, so that President Joe Biden’s proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) can get up and