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Knowledge Center Is HIPAA Obsolete? September 18, 2020 By: Jay Eisenstock, WEDI Board Chair In 2003, the health care industry scrambled to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This rule is composed of regulations for the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information in healthcare treatment, payment and operations by covered entities. The key point…

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Knowledge Center Physicians to HHS: Here’s how to improve prior authorization September 14, 2020 The AMA voiced its support for proposed federal operating rules regarding automating prior authorization processes for medical services and cited anticipated benefits such as fewer delays in patient care as the reason. Prior authorization (PA) is a health plan utilization management…

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Knowledge Center WEDI Applauds CMS September 3, 2020 WEDI applauds CMS’ proposal to improve remote access to healthcare through the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (PFS) that seeks to make some of the emergency expansion of telehealth services permanent. WEDI urges the industry to submit comments on the proposed rule by October 5, 2020…

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Knowledge Center WEDI Administrative Automation Survey Results August 14, 2020 After more than 20 years of effort following enactment of HIPAA and related rules, the industry continues to experience administrative burdens and the costs associated with a reliance on manual approaches to the exchange of health information. A critical look at where we are in…

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Knowledge Center Convenience Is The New Quality April 24, 2020 By: Jay Eisenstock, WEDI Board Chair Virtual visits help providers increase productivity by adding revenue and reducing travel to different clinical settings. However, despite these obvious advantages, 2019 saw an abysmally low utilization rate of less than 10%. Things have monumentally changed. As a local…

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Knowledge Center Telehealth and COVID-19 April 20, 2020 The onset of the spread of COVID-19 and the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020 has spurred the interest in implementing telehealth services. Telehealth is a viable and proven platform through which to provide health care services to patients. The ability for patients to stay in…

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Knowledge Center COVID-19 Resources & Information Updated May 18, 2020 WEDI is providing the following links to resources related to COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”).  We recognize that the information on COVID-19 is changing rapidly and hope these links can provide you with up-to-date information on privacy and security, telehealth, and other data exchange topics. Please remember…

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Knowledge Center COVID-19 Update from WEDI March 18, 2020 Following discussions with our board, our members and fellow stakeholders, along with closely monitoring the latest developments and adhering to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), WEDI has made the decision to postpone our in-person…

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Knowledge Center Industry Response to ONC Cures Act Final Rule March 16, 2020 On March 9, 2020 the ONC released the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule, which implements provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress. The industry has been waiting for one…

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Knowledge Center Easing the Pain of Prior Authorization: Operational Advice for Healthcare Providers March 13, 2020 Jay Eisenstock, Board Chair, WEDI joined Jeffrey Sullivan, CTO, J2 Global and April Todd, Senior Vice President, CORE and Explorations of CAQH for a discussion on “Easing the Pain of Prior Authorization: Operational Advice for Healthcare Providers.” Back to…

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