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

Knowledge Center Episode 162: Workgroup Voices, The Inner Workings of Prior Authorization July 12, 2024 Michael welcomes 3 of the 4 co-chairs of WEDI’s Prior Authorization Subworkgroup: Heather McComas, Director, Administrative Simplification Initiatives, American Medical Association David Delano, Senior Director of Services, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Raj Godavarthi, Associate VP of Technology and Interoperability, MCG…

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Ep 161: Simplifying Healthcare: WEDI’s Approach to Eligibility and Benefits.

Michael welcomes Donna Campbell (HCSC) and Amanda Abbott (BCBS of Kansas), WEDI’s Eligibility and Benefits Workgroup Co-Chairs. The co-chairs discuss the workgroup’s missions and the latest discussion topics that workgroup is undertaking, including improving efficiencies in the E&B process through standards and emerging technology.

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Ep 160: Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Health Care. A Chat with WEDI’s Privacy and Security Workgroup Co-Chairs

The threat from cyberattacks is growing exponentially and health care organizations are particularly vulnerable. Michael chats with WEDI’s Privacy and Security Workgroup Co-Chairs, Lesley Berkeyheiser of DirectTrust and Thanh-Thien Nguyen of Kaiser Permanente on suggested actions that health care organizations big and small can adopt, customize, and implement as they seek to establish good cyber hygiene.
The top 10 list will be available soon on

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Episode 156: Streamlining Healthcare: The Essentials of Administrative Simplification: A Conversation with CMS National Standards Group Director Michael Cimmino

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services National Standards Group, within the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics, focuses on reducing administrative burden and advancing interoperability and national standards. CMS engages beneficiaries and the health care community to understand their experiences, inform solutions, and infuse a customer-focused mindset throughout the agency.

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Episode 155: Safeguarding Healthcare-WEDI Insights on Cybersecurity and Continuity

In April 2024, WEDI held a member position advisory (MPA) event on the critical topic of maintaining business continuity within healthcare organizations in the wake of cyber-attacks. The event, entitled, From Crisis to Continuity: Maintaining Health Care Data Exchange Following a Cyber Attack, offered best practices, suggestions, and key steps that stakeholders from HHS and the private sector can consider when exchanging data, processing information, and maintaining lines of communication. From WEDI’s recently concluded Spring conference, a debrief of the MPA event presented by WEDI’s privacy & security workgroup co-chairs, Lesley Berkeyheiser with DirectTrust and Thanh Thien Nguyen from Kaiser Permanente.

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Episode 154: Hybrid Horizons: Balancing Security and Employee Satisfaction in the Workplace. Denis O’Shea Mobile Mentor

Michael chats with returning guest Denis O’Shea, Founder and Chairman of Mobile Mentor, about their 2024 Endpoint Ecosystem Study, which explored the intricate dynamics of hybrid work in high-risk and highly regulated industries. Conducted across the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, the study involved 2,400 knowledge workers in healthcare, finance, government, and education to understand employee attitudes and their actions related to company security and their experience, and their productivity as remote workers.

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