Membership
Public Input

WEDI is named in the HIPAA legislation as an advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  In fulfilling that obligation, WEDI works through two vehicles to collect input from the industry in order to formulate an industry perspective on key issues, these include: policy advisory groups (PAGs) and Technical Advisory Committees (TACs)

  • Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs) are best thought of as a public forum where industry is able to review a proposed or final regulation and to allow the healthcare industry an opportunity to collectively provide industry consensus and recommendations on a given policy.  PAGs can be held both face-to-face or virtually.  In a PAG, votes are registered and only one representative can vote per company.  While member and non-members can participate in the PAG, votes are restricted to WEDI members only.
    • The PAG facilitators (WEDI volunteers) then take the votes and comments and create a findings document that is reviewed by the WEDI Board of Director’s policy committee and voted upon by the full WEDI Board of Directors.  Those recommendations are then sent on to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Example: WEDI conducted a PAG on Health Plan Identifier and collected industry concerns.  These concerns were then reviewed and approved by the WEDI Board of Directors and sent on to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

  • Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) are also public forums but typically is used to provide feedback to other organizations outside of HHS.  TACs can be in-person or face-to-face and votes are taken in the form of a straw poll.
    •  The TAC facilitators (WEDI volunteers) then take the votes and comments and create a findings document that is reviewed by the WEDI Board of Director’s policy committee and voted upon by the full WEDI Board of Directors.  Those recommendations are then sent on to the appropriate organization based on what was reviewed (e.g. a particular standard, operating rule, etc…).

Example: WEDI conducted a TAC on the proposed ASC X12 6020 standard and collected industry issues and concerns.  These issues and concerns were then review and approved by the WEDI Board of Directors and sent on to the appropriate organization.

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