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Episode 162: Workgroup Voices, The Inner Workings of Prior Authorization

November 15, 2019

Dec. 2-5 event features industry experts, providing in-depth, actionable discussions focused on critical issues impacting health IT and policy

WASHINGTON, DC — November 15, 2019 — WEDI, the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange and a statutory advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced additional details for its 2019 WEDI Winter Conference: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate taking place Dec. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

“We are thrilled to have secured an impressive lineup of experts who will discuss critical topics that, ahead of next year’s election, are more prominent than ever to our industry,” said Charles W. Stellar, WEDI president and CEO. “I’m looking forward to joining industry colleagues from across the payer, provider and government sectors for thought provoking and take-action conversations.”

The event will feature many top health care and policy thought leaders including Dr. Donald Rucker, national coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) who will deliver the opening keynote; Mariann Yeager, CEO, Sequoia Project; Dr. Shawn Griffin, CEO, URAC; Dan Mendelson, Founder, Avalere; Dr. Kathryn Lueken, Associate Vice President, Humana; Ferris Taylor, Executive Director, HCEG; and many more.

The Winter Conference will kick-off with WEDI workgroup meetings held on Monday, December 2 which are open to any attendees, followed by the Privacy and Security Pre-Conference Summit hosted by WEDI’s Privacy and Security Workgroup. Some of the topics to be discussed over the course of three-and-a-half days include:

  • HHS/OCR Update: Breaches, Enforcement, and Current Issues
  • Federal Privacy, Security, and Cybersecurity Legislation – An Update and Future Outlook
  • De-Identification or Real Identification? Do the HIPAA De-Id Provisions Protect Privacy and Security in the Current World?
  • The Provider Perspective on Patient Privacy and Care Delivery
  • 405(d) and Cyber Implementation
  • The Value of Data Exchange in Combating the Opioid Crisis
  • Local HIE’s Perspective on TEFCA and Interoperability
  • FTC’s Approach to Health Privacy: Facebook, Health Apps and DNA Test Kits
  • Learning from ICD-10 to Prepare for ICD-11
  • Surveying the National Landscape: Understanding Health Care IT Issues in Preparation for the 2020 Election

The event will conclude with the Post-Conference Summit, Transactions to Transformation, on Thursday, December 5. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to capture patient demographics, use the HL7 FHIR server, discuss how HL7 FHIR and X12 work together and review several business use cases. This post-conference event is included with all full-conference registrations, and also available for a post-conference only registration. For more details, visit the post-conference webpage.

In addition to the mentioned sessions above, a complete conference agenda is available on the event webpage. Both WEDI members and non-members can register, as the conference is open to all interested health care stakeholders across provider, payer, vendor and government entities.

About WEDI
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve health care information exchange to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s health care system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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