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WEDI Newsletter | March 2018
Executive Corner | WEDI Spring Conference Early Bird Rates End March 30!
WEDI White Paper: Telehealth Modalities
WEDI On Demand: March’s Featured Video | Workgroup Roundup
Latest Member News
Each month, the Executive Corner provides prominent WEDI leaders an opportunity to share their perspectives on a variety of topics impacting healthcare – from legislative matters and industry events to the headline-grabbing issues of the day.  
Dear Members of WEDI,

When we gather this May out in Scottsdale, it will be the 27 th time the healthcare industry has come together for WEDI’s annual Spring Conference. Twenty seven years later and we’re showing no signs of slowing down!

I’m proud to announce that Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will be joining us in Scottsdale as Keynote for a candid discussion on current and upcoming ONC initiatives, while also interacting with conference attendees during an open dialogue on emerging industry topics. Dr. Rucker’s combination of real-world business and clinical experience, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of health information technology makes him an exceptional addition to our Spring conference.

In addition to Dr. Rucker, conference attendees will hear from ONC Blockchain Challenge winners Erik Pupo of Accenture and Kyle Culver of Humana who will lead an informative discussion on how blockchain is no longer just hype, but rather a reality that the healthcare industry, especially payers, need to address head-on. These industry thought leaders will join an impressive lineup of health IT movers and shakers who will offer best practices, emerging trends and case studies focusing on timely topics impacting the healthcare industry including: blockchain, FHIR, all-payer claims databases, prior authorization, value based care, the 2017 CAQH Index and the new CMS Medicare Card Project.

But these topics are more than just discussion points at our Spring Conference. They are headline making issues keeping many stakeholders awake at night – myself included. Well, we’re going to hear from the editors behind those headlines as Arthur Allen, eHealth editor for POLITICO Pro and Fred Bazzoli, editor-in-chief of Health Data Management will join us for a special session discussing the biggest news stories impacting our health IT industry.

And we’re going to kick this entire conference off with two special pre-conference summits. One will focus on attachments and the other on privacy, security and cybersecurity during which you’ll hear from Special Agent Paul Schaaf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who will provide attendees with an overview of the FBI’s cybersecurity initiatives. In addition to Agent Schaff’s remarks, Greg Garcia, executive director of the Cybersecurity, Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council will discuss how they work together with the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, as well as what they do and how you can and must get involved. These sessions couldn’t be more timely as cybercrime continues to plague our industry.

As you can see, WEDI’s Spring Conference will bring together some of the greatest minds who are influencing and shaping the healthcare landscape each and every day. That’s why I invite you to join us this May out in Arizona for what is sure to be an outstanding start to WEDI’s 2018 educational programming!

Charles W. Stellar, WEDI president and CEO
The 2018 WEDI Spring Conference is coming to the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., this May 21-23 for a series of high-level discussions that will be idea-focused, foster learning and provoke collaboration. Now is the time to take advantage of discounted registration before it’s too late. The deadline to take advantage of early-bird rates for our Spring Conference ends this FRIDAY, MARCH 30!
Earlier this month, the WEDI Telehealth Workgroup released their latest industry white paper addressing Telehealth Modalities . The 17-page white paper’s purpose is to provide information on the various modes of delivering patient care using telehealth services and technology, including virtual encounters, remote patient monitoring, wearable devices,
and integrated care management.

“Telehealth Modalities” white paper is available for download on the WEDI website .
For more information on WEDI’s industry efforts surrounding telehealth, please visit the
This month's highlighted Vimeo channel video features Michael Wilson, WEDI Board Member and President & CEO, Co-Founder, HCIM who discusses how WEDI conferences provide attendees with extensive educational and networking opportunities. View WEDI Conferences: Your Place for Health IT Education and Networking to hear how you can experience today’s best practices in Health IT firsthand at an upcoming WEDI conference.
Visit the new WEDI Vimeo Channel to view our entire video library!
All of our workgroups have special projects and activities underway, here’s just a brief highlight of a few:

The Remittance Advice & Payment Subworkgroup continues with the preparation of their Issue Brief on EFT Enrollment Security. They will be meeting face to face at the upcoming May National Conference, and will be giving an update on adoption of the Remittance Advice and Payment transactions.

Join the NEW Claim Status Subworkgroup. The Claim Status SWG is focused on the exchange of claim status request/response (276/277), the business issues that prevent its adoption and potential ROI savings through more efficient communication for both providers and health plans. Payers bring the top 10 claim issues that require rejections and why providers still call on these claim issues. Providers bring the top 10 claim issues you need to still call on rejected claims. Sign up for the WEDI-ClaimStatus@lists.wedi.org and plan to participate in the active discussion on Friday, April 6 at Noon ET.
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