As the summer days heat up, so is WEDI’s programming! Sure, we just wrapped up a successful annual conference in Hollywood where some of the biggest names in our industry gathered to share their thoughts on the driving forces shaping the healthcare landscape. But that was just the start…
I’m proud to announce that Donald W. Rucker, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will deliver the keynote at our upcoming 2017 Summer Forum. Held this August 1-2 in Chicago, the Forum will address inefficient administrative processes and the potential solutions to mitigate them.
Having Dr. Rucker share his valuable insights will be a critical addition to the program as the former practicing emergency department physician in several of the nation’s top health systems brings a rare combination of real-world business and clinical experience, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of health information technology.
Aside from Dr. Rucker’s keynote, our forum will include a session with Madhu Annadata, director, Division of National Standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These industry leaders will highlight an agenda packed with two days of high-level discussions focused not just on the burdens prior authorization and other transaction policies pose, but, more importantly, potential solutions the industry can implement to address these hurdles.
The first day of the Forum will focus on critically important industry issues regarding prior authorization including addressing the disconnect between payer EDI and medical systems; improving the current burdensome prior authorization process in the medical services, pharmacy, dental, and workers compensation sectors; and reviewing prior authorization and utilization management reform principles.
Day Two will target recent developments in healthcare policy under the new administration, as well as looking ahead at forthcoming federal administrative regulations that are expected to impact the industry and answers to several regulatory issues that CMS will be addressing on prior authorization, attachments, and other pending decisions.
With so much change happening in our industry, we hope you can all join us this August in Chicago for our
2017 Summer Forum
– Charles W. Stellar, WEDI president and CEO