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WEDI Newsletter | May 2018
Executive Corner | Save the Date: 2018 Summer Forum
Media Spotlight: WEDI Featured on HITECH Answers Virtual Panel
Knowledge Center: Join a Member Listserv | Workgroup Roundup
Latest Member News
Each month, the Executive Corner provides prominent WEDI leaders an opportunity to share their perspectives on a variety of topics impacting healthcare – from legislative matters and industry events to the headline-grabbing issues of the day.  
Dear WEDI Members,

Thank you all who were able to join us last week in Scottsdale for another successful and extremely engaging series of high level discussions on the important topics continuing to impact the healthcare landscape. We’re looking forward to continuing that dialogue at our Summer Forum later this summer. My colleagues and I will share more details on the event soon as we are still in the process of solidifying our speaker lineup and the topics which our sessions will explore.

In the meantime, I want to share a conversation I had with Roberta Mullen of HealthcareNOW Radio, during which we talked about the history of WEDI, the current initiatives our leadership and workgroups are focusing on, our upcoming conferences and the great organizations that make up our membership.

This 30 minute interview with HealthcareNow Radio provided the perfect opportunity for me to help educate and inform our industry about WEDI’s lasting impact on healthcare and the importance of the members who help drive this organization forward.
You can access the entire conversation below. Hope you enjoy the interview!
Charles W. Stellar, WEDI president and CEO
The two-day summit will take place will take place July 31 - August 1, 2018 at the American Dental Association Conference Center in Chicago, and will bring together industry stakeholders to address inefficient administrative processes and the potential solutions that can be implemented to mitigate them.

The Summer Forum will feature deep diving, informative sessions on Attachments and Prior Authorization, offering attendees the opportunity to ask questions and offer thoughts on some of the most important issues in Health IT and interoperability. Your attendance would be a critical and appropriate addition as we look to continue WEDI’s mission to improve health information exchange – enhancing quality of care, improving efficiency and reducing cost. 

The focus of this two-day forum in Chicago will include (but is not limited to): 

  • Preparing for regulations; what you should be focusing on 
  • A review of WEDI and NCVHS recommendations 
  • How to submit comments 
  • Updates from X12, HATA, CAQH, WEDI's Prior Authorization Subworkgroup & the Prior Authorization Council 
  • A vision for end-to-end workflow 
  • Prior Authorization and Provider Burden 
  • Prior Authorization and the Pharmacy Industry 
  • Prior Authorization and FHIR 
  • 3rd Party Administrators 
  • Driving Adoption 

WEDI 2018 Summer Forum is open to all interested healthcare stakeholders across provider, payer, vendor and government entities.
Peter Dumont, co-chair of the WEDI Privacy/Security Workgroup and Privacy Officer with Optum joined fellow expert panelists for the  HITECH Answers  3rd Annual Cybersecurity Virtual Panel Discussion. Moderated by healthcare attorney Matt Fisher of Mirick O'Connell, the virtual event brought together several industry leaders to discuss and share their thoughts and insights on the impact of cybersecurity on healthcare organizations. Topics discussed during the webcast included ransomware attacks, healthcare vulnerability, exposure created by BYOD, IoT and Medical Devices, how to limit exposure, the impact blockchain on reducing cyber hacks, along with thoughts as to where the industry is headed.

Visit the HITECH Answers YouTube Channel  for the full recording.
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All of our workgroups have special projects and activities underway, here’s just a brief highlight of a few:

The Payment Models Workgroup will begin work on a survey of the industry to gather their feedback on successes, lessons learned and takeaways from each of the models. The workgroup will also begin working on a whitepaper on private payer movement into the advanced payment models and the impact it will have.

The Telehealth Workgroup is continuing work on a Telehealth Resource Guide.

The Genomics Workgroup published their first white paper on genetics-based care coordination titled Maximizing The Potential Of Genomic Information To Improve Care Coordination And Health Outcomes. A second white paper is nearly complete on Making Precision Medicine the Standard of Care - A Roadmap for Building a Clinical Genomics Program, Part 1 - Clinical & Business Drivers. The group will begin writing a third white paper Part 2 – Minimum Requirements for the IT Infrastructure.

The Data Exchange Workgroup is considering adopting Claims Subworkgroup 7030 Benefits for all transaction oriented SWGs. The group will review Claims SWG work to date and consider adopting for all SWG on next call.

The Dental Subworkgroup is developing an EFT/ERA webinar while the Remittance Advice & Payment Subworkgroup is considering the development of a webinar on 835 balancing.
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