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COVID-19 Resources & Information

Knowledge Center COVID-19 Resources & Information Updated April 3, 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. Announcements and…

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COVID-19 Update from WEDI

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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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Industry Response to ONC Cures Act Final Rule

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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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Easing the Pain of Prior Authorization: Operational Advice for Healthcare Providers

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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Prisoners of Paperwork: Facing up to true interoperability of healthcare data, payments

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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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Prior authorizations are a pain point for both doctors and patients, survey finds

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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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More medical services now require prior authorizations, according to physicians

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Knowledge Center More medical services now require prior authorizations, according to physicians January 28, 2020 In a recent survey, 84% of providers reported the number of medical services that require prior authorization has increased. And 62% of providers reported that they do not have the technology to evaluate whether a prior authorization is required for a medical…

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WEDI: Tech limitations, lack of adoption and standards causing prior auth issues

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Knowledge Center WEDI: Tech limitations, lack of adoption and standards causing prior auth issues January 26, 2020 The use of technology has made limited inroads in reducing the impact of prior authorization, even as requests for this documentation increases, according to a national group’s recent survey. WEDI—the Workgroup for Electronic Interchange—says its research suggests that…

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