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

2018-07-11
In response to an HHS request for information on the creation of a new Healthcare Sector Innovation and Investment Workgroup, AMIA strongly recommended the inclusion of representatives of the health informatics community. Additionally, AMIA called for HHS to orient the Workgroup towards innovating...
2018-07-11
In response to an FDA request for input, AMIA developed a preliminary review of relevant research into the specific benefits and risks to health associated with software functions that the 21st Century Cures Act excluded from the definition of medical device. While some health IT applications to...
2018-06-25
In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) applauded federal officials for balancing burden reduction provisions with a need to continue making progress on health IT adoption and use.
2018-04-03
In comments submitted yesterday, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to declare that all data generated through its grants align with FAIR data principles. It is not enough that the NIH commit to FAIR data principles, the nation’s...
2018-03-19
In comments submitted to HHS March 19, 2018, AMIA recommended that HHS proceed swiftly with implementation of revisions to the Common Rule, known as the 2018 Requirements. AMIA recommended that 2018 Requirements be made effective July 19, 2018 and that the compliance date be set as January 19, 2019...

Congressional Comments

2018-04-17
In comments submitted to the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged lawmakers to view broadband access as a social determinant of health, warranting a more nuanced approach to managing Internet traffic...
2018-03-22
AMIA applauds the bipartisan work of Congress to deliver a comprehensive funding bill that will enable data-driven discovery and accelerate healthcare’s transformation through informatics. By fully funding ONC, AHRQ, CDC, FDA, and by providing a $3 billion boost to the NIH, this spending package...
2017-12-14
Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is supposed to implement an EHR reporting program. However, recent budget proposals would cut ONC’s funding – something ONC officials have said would prevent them from fully implementing this safety...
2017-12-12
In a letter sent to the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged leadership to abandon potential tax reform provisions that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income.
2017-03-17
President Trump released his FY 2018 Budget Blueprint March 17, 2017, beginning a conversation with Congress on how to fund federal policies and programs.  This budget outlines, at a high level, which policies and programs this Administration prioritizes, and it describes the kind of country this...