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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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Knowledge Center Prisoners of Paperwork: Facing up to true interoperability of healthcare data, payments February 18, 2020 During the signing ceremony for the Health Insurance Portability and Account- ability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), President Bill Clinton pointed out that the legislation provides for the development of “national standards for the electronic submission of health insurance…

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Knowledge Center Prior authorizations are a pain point for both doctors and patients, survey finds January 30, 2020 A major pain point for physicians is also one—sometimes literally—for patients. In separate recent surveys, 84% of providers reported the number of medical services that require prior authorization has increased, as well as the cost for physician practices, which also continued to increase—up…

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