Prior Authorization One of Several Key Topics Impacting the Healthcare Landscape to be Discussed at WEDI 2017

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With a change in HHS leadership and the call for prior authorization reform sweeping our industry, we are, I believe, at a time where dialogue surrounding prior authorization can and should be restored between payers and providers.

As the call for prior authorization reform continues to make headlines and drive high-level conversations among healthcare industry stakeholders, the discussion surrounding the topic will continue at WEDI 2017- Driving Solutions in a Changing Healthcare Environment – taking place May 15-18, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. Hosted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the event will feature two main sessions focusing on prior authorization.

WEDI President and CEO Charles W. Stellar, who recently joined a panel session at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Convention and Exhibition to discuss prior authorization pain points and how healthcare organizations need to engage in dialogue in order to help lessen payer and provider frustrations, will deliver remarks at the first prior authorization session taking place on Wednesday, May 17 while executives from Aetna and the American Medical Association will present at the latter.

“With a change in HHS leadership and the call for prior authorization reform sweeping our industry, we are, I believe, at a time where dialogue surrounding prior authorization can and should be restored between payers and providers in order to come to a solution that benefits all parties without compromising patient care,” said Stellar. “Attending a WEDI conference session, like the one on prior authorization, provides individuals with the opportunity to actively participate in high-level discussions shaping the healthcare landscape through direct access to industry influencers. We’re looking forward to continuing this important dialogue between key industry stakeholders at WEDI’s National Conference.”

The discussion surrounding prior authorization is not new to WEDI as a workgroup was formed last year to evaluate barriers, business cases, current workflows, and return-on-investment related to prior authorization. Co-chaired by the American Medical Association, who recently released a survey of practicing physicians on the topic, and a payer organization, the group looks to foster enhanced collaboration between payers and providers and support prior authorization processes being performed with a focus on increased value, automation, and efficiency. With prior authorization reform becoming an industry focus, WEDI announced during…

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