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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 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
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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