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Episode 158: Slow and Steady, How Health Care is Progressing Toward Value Based Care. Lynn Carroll, HSBlox

September 17, 2020

Virtual event to explore HHS interoperability rules, FHIR integration,
changes in telehealth policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 17, 2020 — 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 the agenda and logistics for its WEDI National Conference – taking place virtually from October 16-22.

The WEDI National Conference will feature some of the top minds in health IT, including: Dr. Mary Greene, Director, Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC);  Sheila Shapiro, Senior Vice President National Strategic Partnerships, UnitedHealthcare Care Modernization & Innovation; Dr. Lina Walker, Vice President, Health Security, AARP; Mari Savickis, Vice President, Public Policy, CHIME; Grant Wood, Senior IT Strategist, Intermountain Healthcare Precision Genomics; Alison Armstrong, Health Policy Director, Anthem; Denise St Clair, Senior Policy Expert, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); and more.

Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a 60-minute fireside chat on day two of the conference during which he will field questions from the audience about a variety of topics pertinent to current ONC initiatives.

Through a combination of discussion formats and curated sessions, the event will offer attendees an engaging virtual environment that fosters learning and collaboration on important health IT topics, including:

  • Consumer Privacy and the HHS Rules on Interoperability
  • Information Blocking 101: What to Expect and How to Prepare
  • FHIR Integration for Payers: Updates and Lessons Learned
  • Pour the Foundation: The Business Processes and Conditions to Encourage Innovation in Health Care
  • Present and Future Considerations: Looking at the Changing Face of Telehealth Policy
  • Highlights and Discussion of ICAD’s Recommendations to HITAC
  • Leveraging Collaborations to Standardize SDOH Data Collection and Use
  • How the HHS Regulations Affect Consumer Privacy
  • Innovative Opportunities in Genomics for Insurers
  • The Payer’s Guide to USCDI
  • Health Care Payment Innovations: Past, Present and Future
  • Is Payer Uniformity Possible?
  • Improving the Current State of Oncology Prior Authorization
  • FHIR Integration Payer Updates
  • Da Vinci Implementation Guide Updates
  • Current and Upcoming Telehealth Policy Discussion
  • Provider Information Impacts to Standard NCQA and URAC Requirements
  • Information Blocking: Getting Ready to be Compliant

A pre-conference special Attachments workshop kicks-off the event on October 16 and will explore implementation and CAQH CORE updates, the use of FHIR on workflows and more – followed by virtual WEDI Workgroup meetings taking place on the October 19.

The WEDI National Conference is open to all interested health care stakeholders across provider, payer, vendor and government entities. Both WEDI members and non-members can register online and can view the full schedule here. Please check back regularly as the conference agenda continues to evolve with the addition of new sessions and speakers. In addition to individual passes, Corporate Passes are also available, allowing everyone in an organization to attend all virtual sessions as their schedule allows.

About WEDI
WEDI is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve health care information exchange in order 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 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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