AMIA Public Comments

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.

Regulatory Comments

2016-07-18
On July 18, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to FDA regarding their draft guidance to industry on using EHR data in clinical investigations.  AMIA was supportive of the guidance, but challenged the assertion that EHR data was readily usable for prospective randomized controlled trials.
2016-06-27
On June 27, 2016 AMIA submitted comments to CMS regarding proposed policies related to the new Medicare Quality Payments Program, which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate and reforms how nearly 1.3 million clinicians are paid through Medicare.  AMIA described a set of principles and...
2016-05-24
On May 23, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator recommending they develop a patient-centric approach to measuring nationwide health IT interoperability.  As part of this recommendation, AMIA described a new methodology and approach to measuring interoperability...
2016-05-02
On April 27, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator supporting their proposed authority to conduct direct review of certified health IT products.  AMIA said that reviews should be limited to instances when health IT posed a potential or real threat to patient safety...
2016-04-06
On April 6, 2016, AMIA called proposed revisions to substance use disorder (SUD) regulations, also known as 42 CFR Part 2, well-intentioned, but ultimately insufficient. AMIA urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lead a national effort to develop technical standards that would...

Congressional Comments

2016-02-09
The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, M.D., PhD., FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA appreciates the work and bipartisanship demonstrated by Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the entire HELP Committee in...
2016-01-11
On January 11, 2016, AMIA submitted comments to the National Qualify Forum’s Health IT Safety Committee, supporting the framework and newly-developed domains to measure the safety and safe use of health IT.  Numerous AMIA members participated in this effort, and AMIA believes these measures should...
2014-07-07
AMIA Comments on Proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health Information Technology Report On behalf of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), I am pleased to submit these comments in response to the above-referenced request. AMIA is the professional home for...