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Dear WEDI Members,

With just a few days left before our much-anticipated 2019 Winter Conference kicks off, we are ready to wrap this year up with another premier event! There’s still time to make plans to join us in Arlington, Virginia. In an effort to bring you more, we will be holding a Capitol Hill Briefing at the conclusion of the conference, as well as a pre- and post-conference summit, which you’ll read more about in this newsletter. It is sure to be a week packed with prime content and key discussions.
These in-person events are crucial as a platform for us to come together and focus on the needs of the current industry state and in preparation for the future of health IT’s role in interoperability. Alongside of the educational aspect of this event, we are truly looking forward to showcasing some of our exceptional members during the Annual WEDI Awards ceremony. The opportunity to recognize the dedicated work of those making impactful differences is one we look forward to year-after-year.
You may have noticed that our website has received a makeover! Be sure to check out our new Member Center, where you can stay up to date on what our Workgroups are doing, as they remain preemptively behind the scenes, working to bring us timely industry knowledge.
I hope to see you all next week, let’s wrap up this year with another excellent event!

Charles Stellar
 WEDI President & CEO
There’s less than two weeks left before our Winter Conference, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in Virginia. Alongside of our educational sessions and excellent lineup of speakers, WEDI is hosting pre- and post-conference summits, included with your registration! Be sure to make your travel arrangements so that you can take advantage of these deep-dives into the topics:
  • The Pre-Conference Summit on Monday, December 2 focuses on Privacy and Security
  • The Post-Conference Summit on Thursday, December 5 focuses on Transactions to Transformation
If you haven’t already registered for this event, it’s not too late to join us on December 2-5 in Arlington, Virginia as we Connect, Communicate, Collaborate.
In case you haven’t checked it out yet, we’ve refreshed our website! Make sure to check out our new Member Center, which includes a special info hub where you can access workgroups, events, work products and so much more. Please use the instructions below to confirm your new member profile if you have not already done so. “ Create an account” by following  this link  to confirm your credentials.
You can also confirm your credentials and access the info-hub by following these steps:
  1. Go to www.wedi.org
  2. Go to Membership at the top of the page and click Go to member center
  3. Click Create an account
  4. Fill out the required fields
  5. You should see a notification that your credentials were recognized in the system
  6. An email will be sent to you to authenticate
  7. Follow instructions from email to set a new password to access new member info-hub!
Please note the system will recognize your profile through the name and email address that you previously used in the old wedi.org website when you're creating your new account.
We look forward to your participation in the new Member Center and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.
WEDI has an incredible group of member organizations that recognize the value our organization brings to them professionally, as a company and as an industry advocate. Here is a list of our new members in 2019!
Earlier this month, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article on Waste in the US Health Care System: Estimated Costs and Potential for Savings. In response to the article’s findings, Jay Eisenstock, Chair, WEDI Board of Directors, issued a statement on behalf of the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange.

“The findings, as reported in the October 7 JAMA article ‘Waste in the US Health Care System: Estimated Costs and Potential for Savings,’ suggests that a significant portion of our nation’s health care costs can be solved through administration simplification.”
Earlier this month, WEDI released an issue brief to provide information regarding the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging program. The program requires actions to be taken by both ordering and rendering providers for advance diagnostic imaging services (defined below), including reporting specific data related to the services in professional and institutional claims. The claims reporting requirements start on January 1, 2020 with an educational and operations testing period for one year. As of January 1, 2021, claims will be denied and not paid if the required AUC data are not reported. It is important to note that the AUC program is specific to the Medicare program and is only reported on claims for Medicare beneficiaries.
The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated the need for health plans to use a standard unique health plan identifier, effective December 27.
The use of the health plan identifier (HPID) was required in an HHS final rule in 2012 but has never been enforced. Instead, health plans have voluntarily adopted payer IDs based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners identifier.
Charles Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI—a national group supporting the use of health IT to create efficiencies in information exchange—says WEDI, along with other healthcare industry stakeholders, have played a significant role in guiding “HPID implementation planning.”

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