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Aneesh Chopra
The 1st Chief Technology Officer
United States

  • Prior Authorization Council White Paper

    In the spring of 2017, in response to WEDI member input and WEDI leadership participation at a number of industry forum sessions, including an event sponsored by HIMSS, the WEDI Board of Directors chartered the Prior Authorization Council (PAC) to create a forum for communication between primary stakeholders in the Prior Authorization process.

    The organizations holding membership in the WEDI Prior Authorization Council are as follows:
     •  American Medical Association
     •  America's Health Insurance Plans
     •  Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
     •  Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare
     •  The Cooperative Exchange
     •  Healthcare Administrative Technology Association
     •  Health Information Management Systems Society
     •  HL7
     •  Medical Group Management Association
     •  National Council for Prescription Drug Programs
     •  WEDI Prior Authorization Sub Work Group
     •  X12

    WEDI has statutory standing to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on matters related to the use of electronic transactions in health care. As such, the intent of the PAC was to survey the work being done by key industry stakeholders and pull together a body of information regarding the state of the prior authorization process as currently implemented between US payers and providers. That body of information will inform any testimony or advice that WEDI provides to the Secretary.

    The observations, findings and recommendations that follow represent the output of the Council’s three phases of activity.

Featured Articles

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

Jul 9, 2018, 11:00 AM

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the industry, impacting both providers and patients.  

Clinical documentation in all forms and formats is a problem and challenge for providers, health plans, and other entities that all need the data, WEDI Chair-Elect Jay Eisenstock told EHRIntelligence.com.

“So much of the data is unstructured because so much of it is not in a standardized format, it becomes challenging in order to exchange that information easily and readily,” he stated. “Certainly, a lot of entities are trying to overcome that, but it's still a challenge.”

To read more of the article, visit EHR Intelligence.

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