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WEDI Newsletter | December 2018
Dear WEDI Members,

With 2018 coming to a close, I would first like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for success in all your 2019 endeavors. 2018 was a great year for WEDI – we welcomed many new members; hosted a series of impactful conferences, summits and webinars; released thought-provoking educational content around top issues; and continued to build meaningful relationships with healthcare policy influencers to better shape our industry as we look to further the use of healthcare IT. And as we step foot into 2019, WEDI is energized to do it all over again – and even better than the last.

I look to see all of our members and lots of new faces at the Spring Conference in San Diego, California on May 20-23. Our members really understand the value WEDI brings, but I encourage you all to share that with your colleagues in the industry and invite someone to also join you at a WEDI event in 2019. The collaboration and connections made throughout our organization are some of the best. Thank you all for helping to make WEDI such a welcoming community.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Best regards,
Charles Stellar
WEDI President & CEO
We have an exciting event underway for the Spring Conference in San Diego, California. WEDI conferences showcase best practices, emerging trends and case studies in Health IT, and this one will do just that! Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in the industry to give talks that are idea-focused, foster learning and provoke conversations that matter. We have some incredible speakers lined up including Viet Nguyen, Technical Director of the Da Vinci Project and Charles Aunger, Managing Director of Health2047. We’ve had some great feedback about our events and the sessions, topics, speakers that our membership finds most interesting. And all of these insights are working to help us create the best WEDI conference to date! Make your plans now and register to secure your spot May 20-23, 2019. 
Viet Nguyen
Technical Director
Da Vinci Project
Charles Aunger
Managing Director

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to submit your comments to our brief industry survey gauging interest in industry topics and educational resources. This survey is open to both WEDI members and non-members. We thank you in advance for your responses!
The WEDI Member Spotlight gives members the opportunity to share their experiences and how they have benefited from WEDI membership. We recently talked with Kim Ivey of Kunz, Leigh and Associates for our latest WEDI Member Spotlight where we asked about their organization, differentiators, the value of WEDI membership and emerging trends in the industry. Read this full Member Spotlight, as well as others, on the WEDI website

And sign up today to submit your organization for our next Member Spotlight!
WEDI has an incredible group of member organizations that recognize the value our organization brings to them professionally, as a company and as an industry advocate. Here is one of our newest members. Please join us in welcoming them!
Interested in finding out which other organizations value WEDI membership just as much as you do? View our full listing of WEDI Members here.
In one of our latest videos, Conor Bagnell, Vice President, Product Management of MCG shares his perspectives on the WEDI National Conference 2018 and their involvement with WEDI and its culture of community.
Visit the WEDI Vimeo Channel to view our entire video library!
All of our workgroups have special projects and activities underway, here’s just a brief highlight of a few:

  • Informative Claim Status survey results are in from providers, vendors and payers! Kick off the New Year, by joining the Claim Status Subworkgroup Friday, January 4 at Noon ET, as we dive into the informative Claim Status Survey results to uncover themes and develop an action plan to raise awareness of opportunities. 
  • The Genomics Workgroup had its latest white paper publicly announced in October. The paper provides executive and clinical leadership decision-making processes to start a clinical genomics program. The workgroup will begin in 2019 writing the companion white paper on constructing the IT Infrastructure. If you have a technical background, or any interest on the subject, please join us.
  • The Claims Subworkgroup has been busy working on its paper on encounter transactions, which will provide overviews of the different models, illustrate the data flows, and outline deficiencies in the current data transmission methods. 
  • The Remittance Advice and Payments Subworkgroup is working on a paper outlining the usage and best practices for the PLB segment in the 835 transaction. The paper will include multiple appendices outlining the different use cases for the PLB. The first version will include information on Interest and Prompt Pay Discounts. Please join the group to provide input into this paper!
  • Over the next several months, the WEDI Eligibility and Benefits Subworkgroup will continue to share highlights from the upcoming version of the implementation guide (7030) that will be helpful and will provide guidance during the transition from 5010 to 7030.  
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency and to reduce costs of the American healthcare system. Formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), WEDI was named in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS and continues to fulfill that role today.
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