22nd Annual WEDI National Conference: Accelerating Health IT Strategy & Execution

Monday, May 13 - Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Venetian Hotel
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map]
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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WEDI, the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange, is inviting members of the Health IT Industry to attend WEDI’s 2013 Annual National Conference: Accelerating Health IT Strategy & Execution to be held May 13-16, 2013, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. A coalition comprised of a cross-section of the healthcare industry, WEDI works to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency and to reduce costs of the American healthcare system. In its 22nd year, the WEDI Annual National Conference is expected to attract more than 500 health information management professionals to learn the latest in the management of health information and technologies. We need you to share your expertise, successes, and ideas with your peers!

The 2013 conference agenda has been developed specifically from member feedback and with your business needs in mind. Attendees will leave the program with a better understanding of the issues currently facing the healthcare industry, strategies to approach these new challenges, how these issues affect your business partners, and how the industry can work together as a whole to create a more efficient implementation. Attendance and participation in this program is essential to being informed and prepared for the changes that lie ahead! See the latest agenda posted below under the Related Files.


Tuesday, May 14 - Opening Keynote Address - General Session 1 – Privacy & Security Post-Omnibus: Implications & Compliance Strategies - Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS Office of Civil Rights

Tuesday, May 14 - General Session 2 – Getting to Positive ROI: Leveraging Technology to Improve Outcomes & Performance - Dan Martinez, VP of Revenue Cycle Services, St. Joseph Health and Kay Kitajima, Director of Operational Excellence, Blue Shield of California

Tuesday, May 14 - General Session 3 – Building a Sustainable Infrastructure to Support Real Collaborative Care and Fee-for-Value - Jon Zimmerman, Senior VP and General Manager, Availity, LLC, Glen Schuster, Senior VP and CIO, Centene, Jordan Firfer, JD, Senior Director, Provider Connectivity Solutions, Florida Blue, and Paul Joiner, VP, Corporate Development, Passport Health

Wednesday, May 15 - General Session 4 – Planning for Consumerism and New Technology: Impacts on the Future of our Nation’s Healthcare - Robert Booz, Vice President & Distinguished Analyst, Healthcare Industries Research, Gartner, Inc.

Wednesday, May 15 - General Session 5 – Provider/Payer ICD-10 Collaboration - Lessons Learned and Tips for the Industry - Ian Bonnet, Vice President, WellPoint and Catherine Mesnik, Finance Director, St. Joseph Health

Thursday, May 16 - General Session 6 – The State of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) – The Past, Present, and Future of HIEs - Michael Ubl, Ubl Consulting, LLC and Sia Zadeh, Axway

Thursday, May 16 - General Session 7 – Enumeration Strategies - Jay Eisenstock, Head, Provider eSolutions, Aetna, Annie Boynton, Director, 5010/ICD-10 Communication, Adoption and Training, UnitedHealth Group, Gail Kocher, Director, Industry Standards & eHealth, BCBSA and Laurie Darst, Revenue Cycle Regulatory Advisor, Mayo Clinic (Moderator)

Session Tracks include:
Standards and Operating Rules
Privacy and Security
Emerging Industry Issues

Related Web Pages and Sites:
Venetian Hotel Reservation Link

Related Files:
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
May 13 - Monday Pre-Cons Agenda
May 14 - Tuesday Agenda
May 15 - Wednesday Agenda
May 16 - Thursday Agenda
AGENDA At-A-Glance (As of 5-9-13)

Meeting Attire:
Business Casual

Early registration is closed but that doesn't mean you have to fold on this conference! You are still able to register and pay online and on-site. Double down and attend with your colleagues and receive a larger discount: • 2-4 Attendees: 10% off • 5-8 Attendees: 25% off • 9+ Attendees: 30% off.

On Monday, May 13, 2013, there will be a full-day Privacy & Security Pre-Conference from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM for $149 per person, as well as a half-day Dental Pre-Conference from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM for $99 per person AND a half day HPID Pre-Conference from 1:30-5:30 PM for $99 per person. These fees are in addition to the main conference fee and can be selected as a separate options on your registration form on the 2nd page. The main conference will run 2.5 days from Tuesday, May 14, to Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Registration Fees:
These fees are available through 05/16/2013
Name Price Available To
Government Full Conference $595.00   Government Members
ONSITE-P&S Pre-Con All-Day $249.00   Members & Non-Members
ONSITE-P&S Pre-Con Morning $199.00   Members & Non-Members
ONSITE- P&S Pre-Con Afternoon $199.00   Members & Non-Members
ONSITE-Dental Pre-Con $199.00   Members & Non-Members
ONSITE-HPID Pre-Con $199.00   Members & Non-Members
ONSITE- Member Full Conference $1,275.00   Members
ONSITE- 2-4 Persons-Members $1,150.00   10% off rate for 2-4 Member Attendees from one organization
ONSITE- 5-8 Persons Members $960.00   25% off rate for 5-8 Member Attendees from one organization
ONSITE- 9+ Members $895.00   30% off rate for 9+ Member Attendees from one organization
ONSITE- Non-Member Full Conference $1,385.00   Non-Members
ONSITE- 2-4 Non-Members $1,250.00   10% off rate for 2-4 Non-Member Attendees from one organization
ONSITE- 9+ Non-Members $970.00   30% off rate for 9+ Non-Member Attendees from one organization

Cancellation and Other Policies:
WEDI does not accept cancellations, but substitute attendees are permitted with payment of a $15 processing fee. If you wish to make a substitution, please contact Amy Verd at

By registering and attending this conference, you agree to be photographed and allow WEDI to use those pictures on the WEDI website & in WEDI social media. In addition, WEDI does not permit the recording of any sessions at the conference.

Is Media Allowed?

General Hotel Information:
The WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference will be held at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The cut-off date to make your reservation at the group rate of $189 per night was Thursday, April 18, 2013. The Venetian hotel will take room reservations if they have availability, but the group rate is now NOT guaranteed. Click the link in "Related Web Pages and Sites" above to make your room reservation. Note, there is also an automatic resort fee of $20 per night, which includes unlimited local and toll-free calls, unlimited in-suite Internet access, daily newspaper, daily access to hotel's Canyon Ranch fitness center for 2 guests, boarding pass printing, and 2 for 1 drinks at the Venetian bar. The individual deposit policy is 1st Nights Suite+Tax. The individual cancellation policy is 72 Hours Before Day of Arrival.

The Closest Hotels to the Venetian Include:

Travel Information:
Distance from McCarran International Airport (LAS) to the Venetian Hotel is 4.5 miles. Shuttle buses and taxi cabs will be readily available to and from the airport and hotel.

WEDI has coordinated a discount airline rate with American Airlines. WEDI conference registrants will receive a 5% discount off their booked ticket to and from Las Vegas. The discounted ticket can be booked online at for AA/AE flights only. Use the Authorization Number (4253DQ) as the promotion code. For assistance with reservations, contact the American Airlines meeting service desk at 1-800-433-1790.

Sponsors and Sponsorship Information:
If you would like to join our growing list of sponsors, please contact Mario Marzette

Edifecs|Lott Group|Optum|Avior|Xifin|Devcool|TIBCO|EDI Specialists|Projé|HSM Consulting|JAWOOD

For more information please contact:
Amy Verd CMP
Director of Industry Education and Events