WEDI Fall Conference - The Health IT Tipping Point: Bridging Strategy & Execution

Monday, November 18 - Thursday, November 21, 2013
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street [map]
National Harbor, MD 20745

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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 Fall Conference, The Health IT Tipping Point: Bridging Strategy & Execution, to be held November 18-21, 2013, at The Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. 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. The WEDI Fall 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 is being 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!

CMS Listening Session at WEDI Fall Conference Focusing on ICD-10 and e-Health Initiatives
Join Robert Tagalicod, Director of CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS), and Robert Anthony, Deputy Director of the OESS HIT Group, at the WEDI Fall Conference to learn more about the CMS eHealth initiative. OESS Director Tagalicod will explain how eHealth plays a central role in CMS’ health IT efforts, and how CMS is working with groups like WEDI to advance health care through eHealth. Deputy Director Anthony will provide an overview of the eHealth programs and explain how they are working to improve health care.

<center>This CMS Listening Session will be held on
Monday, November 18 from 1:30 – 5:00pm.

<center>Download the full conference agenda (PDF)</center>

Hot Topic Sessions Include:

  • Life After Fee-for-Service: Defining Essential Business and Operational Requirements to Sustain New Payment Models

  • The Holy Grail of Health IT: Chasing Administrative Cost out of the Healthcare System

  • The Tipping Point of Health IT: Leveraging the WEDI Report to Drive Systemic Change in Healthcare

  • Survival Guide for New Encounter Models


During his 34-year tenure in the U.S. Senate, Trent Lott helped produce the historic 1997 budget that balanced the federal books for the first time in nearly 30 years. Lott also spearheaded bipartisan legislation on health care, social security, global trade and tax policy.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) — the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico — Stephen L. Ondra, M.D. oversees HCSC's medical policies, quality improvement and performance measurement programs.

As Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enterprise Office of eHealth Standards and Services (OESS) and its Senior Agency Official for Privacy, Robert Tagalicod leads a multi-billion dollar eHealth effort as part of healthcare transformation: better care, better health, at lower cost without compromising quality.

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1989 – 1993 and is currently chairman of the board of the National Health Museum, Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions and the 2013 WEDI Report Steering Committee.

Related Web Pages and Sites:
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WEDI Fall Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Related Files:
Fall Conference 2013 Agenda (As of 11-14-13)
The Evolution of Healthcare: November 18th Pre-Conference Session
Tuesday, November 19th Session Descriptions
Wednesday, November 20th Session Descriptions
Thursday, November 21st Session Descriptions
Monday, November 18th Pre-Conference Agenda

Registration Includes:
If you have already registered and would like to add one of our exciting pre-conference events, please click register now and then edit registration. Do not change your registration fee, click through to the Special Events page and select the boxes next to the events you would like to attend. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email

Registration Fees:
These fees are available through 11/21/2013
Name Price Available To
Government Full Conference $595.00   Government Members
CMS Listening Session $0.00   Members & Non-Members
Members $1,180.00   WEDI Members
Non-Members $1,290.00   Non-Members
2-4 Persons - WEDI Members $1,080.00   10% off rate for 2-4 Member Attendees from one organization
2-4 Persons - Non-Members $1,180.00   10% off rate for 2-4 Non-Member Attendees from one organization
5+ Persons - Members $980.00   20% off rate for 5+ Member Attendees from one organization
5+ Persons - Non-Members $1,070.00   20% off rate for 5+ Non-Member Attendees from one organization


Special Events
Name Price Available To
The Evolution of Healthcare: How Innovative Encounters and Payment Models Can Create Sustainable Pay for Quality  
     The Evolution of Healthcare Pre-Conference $0.00   FREE for Members & Non-Members with Conference Registration
CMS In Person Listening Session  
     CMS Listening Session $0.00   Members & Non-Members

Cancellation and Other Policies:
Please NOTE: By submitting a registration for this event, you are agreeing to pay the full amount due prior to the event. In addition, fees are increased by $100 as we get closer to the event date, if you do not pay your registration fee before the next increase, your registration fee will be adjusted to reflect the updated price. Thus we encourage you to promptly submit payment upon registration. WEDI does not accept cancellations, but substitute attendees are permitted with a $15 processing fee. If you wish to make a substitution, please contact Sam Holvey 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.

General Hotel Information:
The host site for this event is the Gaylord National Hotel, in National Harbor, Maryland. WEDI has secured a discounted room rate of $199 plus tax per evening for forum attendees. The $15 resort fee is included in the guest room rate and covers several in-room amenities to include: wired and wireless high speed-Internet access; fitness center and indoor pool access; daily newspaper; and local and toll-free calls (20 minutes) free per day. The cut-off date to reserve your room at the hotel is October 18, 2013. The individual cancellation policy is 72 Hours before the day of arrival. CLICK on the link ABOVE in the "Related Web Pages and Sites" section to reserve your hotel room today.

Travel Information:
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 DCA-BWI/DCA/IAD. The discounted ticket can be booked online at for AA/AE flights only. Use the Authorization Number (33N3AM) 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 Leanne Cardwell at


For more information please contact:
Samantha Holvey
Director, Community & Education
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
Phone: (304) 689-0900