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WEDI White Paper Addresses EHR-Created Administrative Burden

WEDI, the nation's leading nonprofit authority on the use of HIT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange and a statutory advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently announced the development of an industry white paper to address the high level of administrative burden associated with obtaining prior authorization. Written by the WEDI Prior Authorization Council (PAC), the paper outlines the work being done by the council to build a cross-stakeholder view of prior authorization in the United States, as well as recommendations for policy development, standardization, and gap identification including both workflow integration and automation.

According to the paper, "The drum beat for administrative burden reduction from the Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has continued nonstop as all stakeholders confront the realization that a decade of investment in electronic health records and digital health information exchange feels like it has exacerbated, not solved, the problem of managing quality and cost without excessive administrative overhead."

The document lays out observations, findings, and recommendations by the PAC including the following:

Formed under the guidance of the WEDI Board of Directors to create a forum for communication between primary stakeholders in the prior authorization process, the 12-member lead PAC includes the 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, HIMSS, HL7, Medical Group Management Association, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, WEDI, and X12.

For more information on WEDI's industry efforts surrounding prior authorization, visit the WEDI Prior Authorization Subworkgroup page.

— Source: WEDI