Unlocking the Potential of FHIR: An Overview of its Impact and Future

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As the CTO of UHIN, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges and frustrations of trying to achieve seamless interoperability. Data silos, incompatible formats, and outdated standards have long hindered our ability to share information effectively. But HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) offers a glimmer of hope, a path toward a more connected and efficient healthcare ecosystem.

Understanding FHIR: A Paradigm Shift

FHIR represents a paradigm shift in healthcare data exchange. Unlike older standards like HL7 v2, which often resemble complex, rigid blueprints, FHIR is akin to a set of modular building blocks. These blocks, called “resources,” represent discrete units of healthcare information – a patient record, a medication order, a lab result, and so on.

The true power of FHIR lies in its flexibility. Resources can be combined and exchanged in various ways to suit specific needs. Need to share a patient’s medication history with a specialist? FHIR allows you to do that without sending the entire medical record. Want to integrate a new mobile app with your EHR system? FHIR’s web-friendly technologies make it easier than ever.

Dispelling the Myths: FHIR is NOT a Panacea

While FHIR offers immense potential, it’s important to be realistic about its limitations. It’s not a magic wand that will instantly solve all our interoperability woes.

First and foremost, FHIR is a standard, not a solution. It provides a common language for exchanging healthcare data, but it doesn’t address the underlying technical and organizational challenges that often impede interoperability.

Second, FHIR is not a plug-and-play technology. Implementing it requires careful planning, technical expertise, and collaboration among stakeholders. Organizations with legacy systems may face particularly daunting challenges.

Finally, FHIR doesn’t guarantee interoperability. While it facilitates the exchange of data, it doesn’t ensure that the data will be understood and used consistently across different systems. Achieving true interoperability requires not just technical compatibility but also semantic interoperability – the ability to interpret and apply data in a meaningful way.

The Benefits of FHIR: A Catalyst for Innovation

Despite its limitations, FHIR offers significant advantages over older standards. Its flexibility, ease of use, and strong community support make it a powerful catalyst for innovation.

By adopting FHIR, healthcare organizations can:

  • Improve data sharing: FHIR enables more granular and tailored data exchange, making it easier to share information with the right people at the right time.
  • Accelerate development: FHIR’s web-friendly technologies lower the barrier to entry for developers, potentially leading to faster innovation.

For example, UHIN’s Clinical Health Information Exchange (the CHIE)  is currently migrating to a new FHIR-enabled platform. Built on a highly scalable architecture, the platform allows for more efficient and secure sharing of data across enterprises.

The Road Ahead: A Strategic Approach to FHIR Adoption

To reap the full benefits of FHIR, healthcare organizations need to adopt a strategic approach. This involves:

  • Developing a clear roadmap: Start by defining your interoperability goals and identifying specific use cases where FHIR can add value. Transitioning totally functional workflows from older specifications to FHIR, just for the sake of using a more modern data structure, won’t create new healthcare outcomes on its own. We need to use FHIR when it’s appropriate and when it will provide the most advantage to our interoperability goals. 
  • Building a strong foundation: Invest in the necessary infrastructure, tools, and expertise to support FHIR implementation.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders: Engage with vendors, partners, and other stakeholders to ensure that FHIR implementations are aligned and interoperable.
  • Focusing on education and training: Ensure that your team has the knowledge and skills to work with FHIR effectively. While the FHIR structure can lead to an easier onboarding of software engineers, it also increases the complexity of a given use case by having multiple resources required to accomplish the same goal that a single CCDA may have solved previously. HL7 International offers online courses covering the fundamentals (for a price) and educational videos on its YouTube page here.
  • Embracing a culture of innovation: Foster a willingness to experiment and adapt as FHIR evolves. Many early adopters of FHIR were burned by the rapid change that occurred from version to version of FHIR. Knowing that there will be maturation of the standard is important to understand before starting an implementation. 

Conclusion: The Future of Healthcare Data Exchange is FHIR

FHIR is not a silver bullet, but it is a significant step forward in our quest for interoperability. By embracing FHIR and addressing the challenges it presents, we can unlock a wealth of opportunities to improve healthcare delivery, enhance patient outcomes, and drive innovation.

The future of healthcare data exchange is FHIR. Let’s seize this opportunity to build a more connected and efficient healthcare ecosystem.

The Power of Resilient and Redundant Healthcare Technology Systems

Redundancy and resilience are two foundational principles to ensure healthcare technology systems remain functional, particularly in the midst of challenges and disasters, like outbreaks and data breaches. This became apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic and recently in light of the Change Health Care incident. Establishing redundancy and resiliency in healthcare technology ensures sustained, comprehensive interoperability. This is critical particularly in healthcare, where any system failure can have serious consequences for patient care. As healthcare becomes more digitized and interconnected, the complexity and potential vulnerabilities of these systems also increase. This necessitates a stronger focus and shared responsibility to build resilience and redundancy into healthcare technology systems.

Resilience is defined as the ability to prepare for, manage (absorb, adapt and transform) and learn from shocks (source: National Library of Medicine). Given the interoperable nature of our healthcare ecosystem, resilience focuses on identifying and filling gaps between systems, networks, and connected ecosystems.

Redundancy is defined as provision of duplicate, backup equipment, processes, pathways or systems that immediately take over the function of existing functionality or business processes (source: Gartner). For instance, if a primary server fails, a backup server can take over, ensuring that patient data is still accessible and that critical healthcare services can continue. Following the Change Health Care incident, The American Hospital Association (AHA) made recommendations about “backup technology which renders the backups “immutable” — unable to be deleted, altered or encrypted.”

Building a resilient and robust healthcare technology system involves strengthening human resources, infrastructure, and technological capacities. This includes investing in technology training for healthcare workers and building robust and resilient IT infrastructure. It also means promoting strong primary healthcare interoperability, which heavily relies on interconnected data sharing for health data management, communications, and HIPAA-compliant claims management. This is specifically relevant in times of crisis.

For example, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UHIN initiated real-time notifications from hospitals and labs in and around Utah that could be sent directly to healthcare providers, ACOs and care managers. This focus on interoperability enabled all stakeholders to monitor and coordinate care more effectively for their patients, especially those in greater need of physician intervention. Real-time notifications enabled participants to act swiftly, reduce manual labor, and access data from care partners more easily. UHIN continues to deliver COVID-19 lab result alerts today.

Building resilient and redundant healthcare technology systems is not just about investing in technology. It’s also about investing in the people who use these systems. Developing partner relationships is key to building resilient and redundant healthcare technology systems. By fostering collaboration and open communication, organizations can jointly tackle the complexities of healthcare technology, ensuring that systems are robust, adaptable, and capable of supporting seamless interoperability. Strong partner relationships also facilitate the sharing of best practices, innovative solutions, and technical expertise, thereby enhancing system resilience and redundancy. Ultimately, these partnerships contribute to a more reliable, efficient, and patient-centered healthcare technology ecosystem.

The Benefits & Challenges of Interoperability in Disaster Recovery

When it comes to interoperability, which refers to the ability of different systems and organizations to communicate and exchange information effectively, the healthcare ecosystem relies on maintaining seamless operations in times of success and disaster. There are both benefits and challenges associated specifically with disaster recovery for interoperability. Let’s explore them in more detail:


Data Accessibility and Availability: Interoperability in disaster recovery ensures that data remains accessible and available across different systems and organizations during and after a disaster. This capability enables timely decision-making, efficient coordination, and effective response efforts.

Collaboration and Coordination: Disaster recovery for interoperability promotes collaboration and coordination among various entities involved in the recovery process. It allows different organizations, such as emergency responders, to share critical information, resources, and expertise, thereby enhancing overall response effectiveness.

Rapid Information Exchange: Interoperability facilitates the rapid exchange of information between different systems and stakeholders. This enables real-time situational awareness, timely updates, and the ability to make informed decisions based on accurate and up-to-date data.

Seamless Integration: Disaster recovery efforts that prioritize interoperability ensure seamless integration between disparate systems. This integration enables smooth data flow, eliminates information silos, and enhances the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the recovery process.


Technical Compatibility: Achieving interoperability in disaster recovery can be challenging due to the need for technical compatibility between different systems, platforms, and protocols. Integrating legacy systems with newer technologies, addressing data format inconsistencies, and ensuring seamless communication can require significant effort and resources.

Data Standardization: In disaster recovery scenarios, different organizations often use their own data standards, formats, and terminology. Harmonizing and standardizing these diverse data elements can be complex and time-consuming. Without consistent data standards, interoperability may be compromised, leading to delays, miscommunication, and errors.

Security and Privacy Concerns: Interoperability in disaster recovery requires the secure exchange of sensitive information among multiple entities. Ensuring data confidentiality, integrity, and availability while maintaining privacy rights is a significant challenge. Robust security measures and protocols must be in place to protect against unauthorized access, data breaches, and potential misuse of information.

Governance and Policy Alignment: Coordination and governance among multiple stakeholders are crucial for effective disaster recovery interoperability. Aligning policies, procedures, and decision-making frameworks across different organizations can be complex, especially in large-scale disasters involving multiple jurisdictions and diverse stakeholders. Clear governance structures and collaborative frameworks must be established to overcome these challenges.


In conclusion, interoperability offers numerous benefits in times of success and during disaster recovery, including data accessibility, collaboration, rapid information exchange, and seamless integration. However, challenges such as technical compatibility, data standardization, security concerns, and governance issues need to be addressed to maximize the effectiveness of interoperability efforts in the face of disasters. Organizations and stakeholders must work together to develop robust solutions that enhance interoperability while ensuring the resilience and reliability of their recovery processes.

While challenges persist, it’s important for organizations to work together to address these issues and ensure they’re able to reap the benefits of interoperability. Community engagement, including involvement of patients, providers, health plans, and other stakeholders in the design and implementation of health technology systems can ensure they are interoperable, effective, and align with their distinct needs and preferences. As technology continues to evolve, resiliency and redundancy will become increasingly important to achieving interoperability. Organizations that prioritize interoperability will be better equipped to succeed in today’s digital world.

The future of healthcare technology systems will depend on their capacity to adapt and evolve in response to new challenges and changing conditions. This means not only being able to respond effectively to immediate crises, but also preparing for long-term changes and uncertainties. By taking a comprehensive and multifaceted approach, we can build healthcare technology systems that are robust, resilient, and redundant in a way that meets the needs of everyone in healthcare.

The Future of Healthcare Cybersecurity

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The experiences of 2023 have underscored the critical importance of cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. Per HIPAA Journal, “133 million records were exposed or stolen” in 2023. The recent Change Healthcare cyber incident, which is still impacting the healthcare ecosystem, indicates that 2024 could likely be another record-breaking year for healthcare cyberattacks in the U.S.

Ransomware attacks are the fastest growing threat in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) identified a 278% increase in cyberattacks involving ransomware from 2018-2022. To clarify, this is just the data breaches that were reported to the OCR.

The fallout from a ransomware attack is comprehensive:

  • Loss of personal health data
  • Loss of trust by patients, members, customers and partners
  • Decrease in employee productivity and morale
  • Extensive system downtime
  • Legal and regulatory fines
  • Steep financial implications, like paying the ransom and the cost to get systems back up and securely running

The alarming rise in cyber threats – namely ransomware – highlight the urgent need for enhanced cyber resiliency and robust security measures in healthcare. The healthcare sector is predicted to continue its investment in cybersecurity, focusing on resilient data management practices, threat detection, and employee training, while expanding into new technologies (like artificial intelligence) and collaborative efforts.

Here are five ways to reduce your risk and secure personal health information (PHI) from cyberattacks

1. Consistent Data Management Practices

Consistency is key, especially when it comes to basic cyber protection. These five stepping stones are just a start to laying out a consistent cybersecurity plan.

  1. Create a secure cybersecurity policy – Establish a firm security stance, then periodically review, modify and update policies and procedures in response to environmental or operational changes affecting the security of Electronic PHI.
  2. Encrypt data – Convert data to ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted
  3. Backup data – Ensure PHI data are backed up frequently, at least nightly, and stored in a HIPAA-compliant data center
  4. Update systems and software – Verify information systems are up to date with the latest security patches and diligently check programs for updates.
  5. Assess and monitor vendors Ensure that third-party vendors agree to a business associate agreement (BAA) and monitor their activities to be sure they adhere to the policies. Review vendors to ensure compliance on a consistent basis.

2. Detection

As Benjamin Franklin said: “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.” Detecting and addressing vulnerabilities in advance of an incident is critical to ensuring a strong security posture. The investment in audits and technology improvement almost always outweigh the costs of a ransomware attack.

Implementing a threat detection strategy is critical to identifying and preventing data breaches. Healthcare institutions and security leadership, like the chief information security officer (CISO), are investing more in security infrastructure. Guidehouse’s 2024 report found 85% of respondents’ organizations planned increases to their 2024 digital and IT budgets, with cybersecurity listed as their top investment priority. This demonstrates the industry’s commitment to safeguarding patient data. 

3. Employee training

To err is human and healthcare employees are no exception. Taking a human-centric approach to organizational security can cultivate shared cybersecurity responsibility, which in turn could dramatically reduce the chances of a data breach, HIPAA violation, and the costs associated with both. Given that social engineering now represents more than 50% of incidents (per Verizon’s DBIR Report 2023), the focus on the human element is pivotal to securing your data. 

Adopting this approach can (1) increase awareness of accidental and intentional HIPAA violations, and (2) empower appropriate responses to social engineering. Ultimately staff need to make decisions and take action. However, leadership must engender the organizational identity around shared security responsibility.

Instilling the values of cyber detection and resiliency helps employees feel more invested. If they understand what’s at stake, then they can make quicker decisions and adhere to monotonous, daily security measures, like multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Employers and employees should be aware of the human elements that factor into data breaches, including:

  • Stolen credentials – Implement a strong password protocol that eliminates easy to hack passwords or the use of post-it notes with passwords on desks.
  • Phishing – Monitor email (and other technology) and train employees to recognize signs of phishing, such as unusual messages from leadership or HR, and clicking on links or attachments from unknown sources.
  • Error and Misdelivery – Ensure employees review the recipient of all of their communications so they don’t send PHI or other data to the incorrect audience.

One place to start: Conduct regular employee training.

Healthcare organizations can use a wide range of training programs and courses to keep employees up-to-speed on the latest security best practices. Updated approaches will mitigate insecure employee behaviors and tackle outstanding cybersecurity risks. 

Security leaders should continue to review vendors and software to ensure they meet all requirements (such as HIPAA regulations) to effectively evaluate and educate staff, and reduce overall risk.For small and medium sized employers who have limited resources, HHS is providing free cybersecurity training courses for their staff.

4. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)

Like nearly every other sector, the healthcare vertical is actively exploring and investing in A.I. Specifically, how it can improve data security. In fact, 73% of CIOs said they’re increasing investments into A.I. and Machine Learning (ML) (Per Gartner, 2024 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Survey).

A.I. solutions present vast opportunities for automation: from visualization of networks, to identifying vulnerabilities at scale, to detecting suspicious behavior. Furthermore, machine learning models and A.I.-driven security can aggregate knowledge from previous experiences (in your own system and broader ecosystems) to predict and quickly respond to abnormalities. This knowledge can accelerate cyber defense within an organization and empower health systems to take proactive, automated measures to protect its network.

Before considering A.I. or another new technology, healthcare companies should continue to focus on shoring up foundational security technologies. This includes firewalls, encryption, and MFA.

5. Collaboration

One entity cannot secure everyone. Healthcare is built on interoperability. The strength of every single bond can determine the success or failure of our ecosystem. Hospitals, payers, providers, third-party vendors, and government entities must work together to ensure our security against cyber attacks.

Collaboration between healthcare institutions is anticipated to increase. While the use of disparate systems creates barriers to collaboration, the focus on standardization and interoperability can develop a more holistic, resolute system. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can collectively strengthen our defenses against cyber threats.

The U.S. Government continues to put cybersecurity in the healthcare industry at the forefront, instituting policies in the National Cybersecurity Strategy that will address cyber threats. Learn more about the HHS and the National Cybersecurity Strategy here.

In Conclusion

Early investments in consistent practices, detection, employee education, new technologies and collaboration can ensure a strong security posture that offsets potential costs of recovery and crises of confidence caused by a data breach. The lessons learned from 2023 have made it clear that cybersecurity is not just an IT issue, but a patient safety issue. As we move into the future, it is critical that the healthcare sector continues to prioritize and invest in cybersecurity measures to safeguard patient data and ensure the seamless delivery of healthcare services.

Health and Tech Professionals Gather Once Again at the 2023 HIT Conference

Our annual Health Information Technology Conference (HIT) will return to Salt Lake on Wednesday, October 18 at the Conference Center at Gail Miller Campus, SLCC. This year, we’ll look towards the “future of healthcare interoperability” with speakers, leaders and professionals from across the healthcare and technology continuum. While we will also celebrate the fact that 2023 marks our 30th year as an innovative organization, we will keep our focus on what’s coming up in the world of healthcare and technology. Some of our most exciting topics include:

  • Artificial Intelligence in healthcare
  • Billing for today and beyond
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital transformation in healthcare
  • Documentation burden
  • HL7 and FHIR
  • Health equity
  • Health Data Utilities (HDUs)
  • Medicare updates
  • Mental health and burn out
  • Population Health
Dr. Angela Dunn

Dr. Angela Dunn, Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Health Department, will deliver our welcome keynote address in the morning.

Joy Rios

Joy Rios, founder and host of the HIT Like a Girl podcast, will present the afternoon keynote address.

We look forward to seeing you on October 18th!

Provider Credentialing and Provider Enrollment: What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

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Provider enrollment is crucial for health plans to ensure that members have access to a full range of services. Credentialing verifies a clinician’s training and licensing. Enrollment establishes the technical connection between the provider and the plan. The processes can be complex and time-consuming, but partnering with dedicated enrollment experts – like UHIN – can help streamline the onboarding experience and accelerate success in a highly competitive marketplace.

Why Enrollment Matters

Health plans are constantly looking for better ways to serve the insured, from developing innovative wellness benefits to making it easier to access high-quality, affordable care in the community.

Provider network development is a huge component of this quest for continuous improvement.  Contracting with the right mix of providers – and enough of them – ensures that members can get a full range of services within an acceptable time frame.

Building this ecosystem isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to the nuts and bolts of bringing clinicians on board. Provider credentialing and provider enrollment are equally critical, yet they can often cause confusion and problems on both sides of the plan-provider relationship. 

In fact, providers not being registered/credentialed with a payer is the #1 reason for denials. The #2 reason for denials: the provider did not complete the payer-required process for enrollment.

Both steps – credentialing and enrollment – are crucial. However, even the fundamental differences between the two activities aren’t always clear, especially because they bump up against each other during onboarding. It’s important to understand what’s involved in each process, how they work, and why finding the right partner matters so much to health plans as they grow and mature.

What is Provider Credentialing?

Provider credentialing is the act of verifying that a clinician has the correct training and licensing to practice in their area of expertise. It’s similar to an extensive background check. The process starts after a provider submits a request to work with a practice, health system, or health plan. Collecting this extensive dataset can take up to three months or longer. 

While UHIN does not currently support the credentialing process, certain industry applications are in place, including the CAQH credentialing application. Until the credentialing process is complete, a provider cannot finish the rest of the enrollment process with a health plan. This is especially important for 98 percent of providers in the US who participate in Medicare and Medicare Advantage. In addition, nearly every health plan, including Medicare, requires EDI enrollment in order to start getting reimbursed for services.

What is Provider Enrollment?

Once a provider is officially welcomed into the network, the majority of health plans will require them to complete Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) enrollment, which is the technical connection between the provider and the plan. EDI enrollment allows providers to submit electronic claims to the plan and receive remittance for their services.

Electronic claims submission is nearly universal in the medical industry, according to the latest CAQH index report. In 2022, 97 percent of claims submissions transactions occurred electronically, giving both providers and health plans a strong motivation to ensure they are appropriately connected.

Unfortunately, neither the administrative nor the EDI enrollment processes are standardized across different health plans. This forces providers to juggle many different requirements and documentation requests for each individual payer. The complexity of managing requests from a slew of disparate plans and providers can lead to mistakes and omissions that extend the timeline. 

Even more information may be required during EDI enrollment than credentialing. This can take an additional four to six weeks (or longer) on top of the credentialing timeframe. This is especially true if extensive contract negotiations are necessary or IT challenges get in the way.

In addition, smaller provider groups often do not have enough people-power to devote exclusively to enrollment, making it even more difficult for plans and providers to work together effectively.   

UHIN’s Enrollment Team provides detailed next steps for enrollment based on each specific payer and transaction type for each case. Additionally, we provide defined next steps to move forward with enrollment, based on the payer requirements. UHIN can be reached at enrollment@uhin.org and we will be happy to provide enrollment direction, advice and helpful support through the EDI enrollment process.

How Can Health Plans Streamline Enrollment Processes?

Just like many other areas of the healthcare ecosystem, provider EDI enrollment can significantly benefit from digitization and strong partnerships with expert teams. The widespread lack of standardized processes means plans and providers have to consider each request as a one-off, which can take a great deal of time and effort to parse through without some help.

Charting a Course for Success

When working with providers, health plans should offer clear and detailed instructions on the information needed and the deadlines for delivering it.

Plans should assess their needs by charting out their existing enrollment workflow and identifying any bottlenecks that lead to lag time. Often, these pain points are related to delays in collecting information from providers and internal delays in processing paperwork once received. The result of these delays are wild swings in average completion time for provider onboarding, which creates unpredictability on both sides of the relationship. 

Finding the Right Support

On the internal front, plans should seek out enrollment partners that can field provider requests on behalf of the payer, taking the task off the shoulders of health plan staff. It should take a specialist enrollment team less than one business day to process a request once all of the information is received. There may be additional waiting time depending on the unique payer requirements.

Health plans and providers should make sure they are working with a dedicated enrollment team that can take deep dives into problem-solving when unique technical or administrative challenges arise, such as a technology enhancement that can lead to the need for a process rewrite.

An experienced partner, such as UHIN, offers an expert enrollment team to help navigate the complicated enrollment process. Although we do not currently provide credentialing support, we have a proven history in expediting and accurately guiding providers through the enrollment process. Our enrollment team is based in the US and delivers in-depth knowledge and support to make the enrollment process as frictionless as possible. We can handle any questions you may have in this complicated and critical process.

Partnering with the Right EDI Enrollment Experts

Enrollment involves complex activities with many moving pieces. Getting them right is vital for the success of health plans and provider groups. By understanding the nuances of the process, plans and providers can start to tackle the pinch points that make network development so challenging. Plans that enlist the help of dedicated partners to take on key tasks, such as enrollment, have a better chance of creating a smoother onboarding experience and accelerating their success in a highly competitive marketplace.

UHIN’s enrollment team offers years of experience helping providers through the enrollment process. We provide direct support and in-depth knowledge to expedite the enrollment process and get providers over the finish line no matter how complex or unique the process may be.

Are you a current provider with a UHIN account and interested in learning more about enrollment? Contact enrollment@uhin.org or customer service at 877-693-3071.

If you’re new to UHIN, click below and tell us how we can help streamline EDI enrollment onboarding and relieve burdens for your health plan!

How Electronic Administrative Transactions Are Decreasing Costs and Administrative Burdens For Health Plans

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Health plans could save billions each year by accelerating administrative efficiencies for themselves and providers. A new CAQH report breaks down the opportunities and showcases the value of a clearinghouse partner as electronic data interchange (EDI) becomes the norm. Working with a trusted clearinghouse partner – one who knows the complexities of today and tomorrow – will help you navigate the future.

A Decade of Success Reporting on a Digitally Enabled Administrative Environment

Administrative transactions, including benefit and eligibility checks, prior authorizations, and claim processing, form the backbone of the entire healthcare system. Health plans and providers must be able to conduct these EDI transactions in a swift, secure, and standardized manner to enable delivery of timely and informed care.

CAQH, a non-profit alliance of health plans and their partners, has tracked adoption of electronic transactions every year since 2013. The most recent edition chronicles a decade of commitment to digitizing administrative processes and strengthening EDI connections between disparate systems in the payer and provider environments. The adoption of many electronic transactions has increased, such as claims submissions, eligibility and benefit verification, and acknowledgements. 

Automation is the key to getting it right. Throughout the past decade, the use of EDI has skyrocketed by 25 percent, according to the latest edition of the CAQH Index Report. Now, nine out of every ten transactions take place digitally, reducing industry-wide operating costs by approximately $187 billion every year.

Despite this progress, there are still opportunities for health plans to control costs, maximize resources, and trim the time it takes to conduct the business of healthcare. Certain critical processes have a long way to go, like prior authorization and attachments.

Currently, only 28 percent of PAs are being exchanged digitally while the electronic submission of attachments that support medical claims is similarly low, starting at 6 percent in 2016 and only rising to 24 percent by 2022.  

During the coming years, health plans will need to reexamine their current workflows to boost the use of digital strategies for sharing documents and data with their provider partners, particularly as transaction volumes have risen 28 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic, paired with a 47 percent increase in overall medical spending.

Experienced and trusted clearinghouses will be central to success. Clearinghouses make it simple for plans and providers to share information and collaborate around patient care, creating the right environment for the smooth and seamless exchange of vital administrative data.

Uncovering Opportunities to Reduce Burdens in Key Administrative Areas

The positive results so far have saved hundreds of billions for health plans, as well as an average of 14 minutes per transaction for medical care providers. But addressing these notable areas of opportunity and transitioning fully to EDI could produce a further $25 billion in cost reductions, representing 41 percent of the current spend.

Specifically, health plans can focus on the following areas to trim their budgets and provide relief to payer and provider staff members:

  • Eligibility and benefit verification: Representing the highest proportion of annual spend, health plans could save up to $12.8 billion if they work with providers to digitize the 10 percent of transactions that remain manual. Closing the gap will be crucial for sustainability as the volume of transactions continues to increase.
  • Prior authorizations (PAs): A well-known pain point across the industry, PAs are time consuming and complicated to submit manually.  The medical industry could save close to $450 million per year by creating more automated and streamlined PA processes, not to mention trimming 11 minutes per transaction off of a provider’s daily calendar.
  • Claims submissions: As the volume of medical services increases, so too will the claims for reimbursement, adding to the $11.1 billion industry spend. CAQH points out that training staff to conduct electronic claims submissions can take time and money, so beginning the adoption and education process now, before volumes exceed current norms, will be important for achieving savings and maximizing staff productivity.
  • Attachments: Supporting information for reimbursements is rarely sent electronically, creating a $213 million annual savings opportunity. CMS recently proposed standards for these transactions to help guide adoption and simplify data exchange.
  • Claims status inquiry: Payers and providers are spending 50 percent more on claims check ups as margins remain slim following the pandemic. Broadening the automation of claims status updates could help the industry save $3.6 billion a year, plus 15 minutes per transaction for providers. A clearinghouse solution with automated features can help to achieve this goal for plans and their partners.
  • Remittance advice: Similar to claims status inquiry, automating the delivery of remittance advice could save medical care stakeholders up to $2 billion a year by increasing efficiency and reducing time spent on phone calls and follow-ups.

Capitalizing on these  transactions to reduce spending and staff burdens will be important for health plans as the volume of medical transactions is expected to continue to increase.

While there are small spending increases associated with adopting digital transaction tools, the savings far outweigh the required investment, CAQH states. Automating these processes can produce further cost reductions by avoiding the need to attract and retain larger workforces, especially as qualified staff are now in short supply.

Leveraging Clearinghouses to Achieve Administrative Efficiency

Clearinghouses make all of these transactions possible, so health plans will need to evaluate their existing capabilities, and find the right partner, if necessary, that offers a tested and sophisticated approach to automation if they wish to take advantage of these savings opportunities.  

Plans should look for clearinghouse solutions that have deep experience and an exceptional reputation for reliability, agility, and standards-based collaboration between disparate trading partners. 

Health plan leaders should also conduct thorough internal reviews of their established workflows – and work closely with their contracted providers to understand their processes and frequent problems, too – in order to identify potential areas of improvement. Next, they should seek out a clearinghouse partner with capabilities to fill in those gaps and accelerate savings in time, staffing, and operational spending. 

By adopting more modernized digital clearinghouse solutions with the capacity to streamline communications and complete tasks in a quick and trustworthy manner, health plans can begin to take advantage of everything that EDI has to offer.

Preparing for the Future of EDI

In just a few years, plans that proactively embrace electronic transactions at scale can position themselves for significant cost reductions, fewer burdens for staff, and better administrative experiences across the entirety of the care continuum.

The right clearinghouse partner will proactively work with plans to develop a tailored roadmap to greater EDI adoption, help staff to maximize their productivity in this new ecosystem, and stay on top of evolving federal regulations guiding the evolution of electronic transactions.

With a 30-year history of helping health plans accelerate the adoption of electronic transactions, UHIN has been instrumental in creating a more cost effective, less burdensome future for critical information exchange. Our experts meticulously evaluate the needs of each of our partners and work with leaders to create a customized plan for expanding EDI activities with an eye toward improving efficiency across the enterprise.

As more and more administrative transactions go digital, health plans can’t afford to be left behind. Get started today with a consultation with our experienced team.

Why Clearinghouses are Underrated as Key Enablers of Healthcare Interoperability

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Clearinghouses are more than just utilities for moving claims from provider to payer. They are integral to improved healthcare interoperability and the quest to extract valuable insights from clinical and administrative data.

How Clearinghouses Help to Enable Interoperability

When talking about interoperability in healthcare, clearinghouses aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind. For many years, the conversation has been much more focused on the exchange of purely clinical data from one provider to another – a challenge that is still only partially solved even after decades of hard work.

While clinical data exchange is certainly vital to success for patients, health plans, and providers, it’s just the tip of the interoperability iceberg. Accurate claims data is equally important for making informed, proactive decisions about patient care.  

Claims data doesn’t just offer deep insights into everything from overall provider performance patterns and to an individual’s ability to engage with their care plan. It’s also essential for the day-to-day business of being a payer: reimbursing providers for the wide variety of services aimed at improving member health.

Clearinghouses are the technology that makes this all possible. By coordinating the secure flow of claims information between providers and health plans, clearinghouses quietly and steadily keep the $4.3 trillion healthcare industry humming along.

It’s easy to look past this type of “middleware” solution, especially when it works well enough to avoid causing any major issues. But skipping over clearinghouses during the interoperability discussion would be a mistake, especially as payers and providers start to engage with increasingly complex, unstandardized data sets and new types of clinical and financial partners in a more patient-centered, value-based environment.

It’s time to take a closer look at the clearinghouse as a fundamental enabler of trusted interoperability between trading partners and ensure that both payers and providers are maximizing the value of what these important platforms can do.

The Crucial Role of Clearinghouses in Healthcare Operations

Every year, healthcare providers submit hundreds of millions of claims for patient services to thousands of health plans across the nation.

Just building the electronic pipelines to shuffle all this data back and forth each day is a monumental task. Making sure that the information is accepted and processed in a standardized manner, correctly integrated into a health plan’s internal reimbursement systems, and returned to the provider in a timely manner with the right payment – or a clear explanation for denial – is even more challenging. 

Clearinghouses work in conjunction with electronic billing software to handle these processes digitally, proactively identifying common data integrity issues that may result in a denial or delay. Once a provider generates a claim using the standard 837 claim format, the clearinghouse accepts the file, scours it for any obvious errors, and sends it on to the correct health plan if it passes all the checks.  

The plan then conducts further analysis for clinical and administrative suitability of the claim and makes a decision on whether to reimburse as requested, deny outright, or ask for clarification.

The more sophisticated and trustworthy the clearinghouse, the less work has to be done on each side of the partnership. Robust clearinghouses with more automation, advanced analytics capabilities, and a trusted position within the health IT community are associated with lower overall denial rates and higher first-pass success rates, which is good for providers, as well as reduced administrative burdens on the payer side.  

The American Medical Association estimates that electronic clearinghouses can reduce the cost of claims processing by approximately 60 percent compared to similar paper-based workflows, freeing up time and capital to devote to other clinical or operational priorities.

According to CAQH, transitioning to fully electronic transactions could save the industry up to $25 billion per year, or 41 percent of annual spend in 2022.

Using Clearinghouses to Create a Network of Networks for Better Claims Data Exchange

A single clearinghouse cannot work in isolation, because health plans don’t just receive claims from their established, contracted in-network providers. They also get claims from an untold number of out of network clinicians from anywhere in the country.  

This can be challenging on several levels. First, reimbursement rates and requirements are different for these partners. Second, out-of-network providers may not be familiar with the correct formatting and data requirements necessary to get their claims adjudicated quickly. And third, without being directly connected to the prospective payer’s proprietary clearinghouse, these providers must simply trust that hitting “send” on their claim form will result in getting that information where it needs to go.

This is where the right clearinghouse solution can take interoperability to the next level. Clearinghouse vendors must work with their peers, trading partners, and competitors to ensure that all claims, no matter their origin, are routed to the appropriate recipient with as few gaps and errors as possible.

Data standards like ASC X12 Version 5010 make it possible for clearinghouses to assemble into “networks of networks” and make certain that any provider can reach any payer whenever necessary.

Fortunately, the ASC X12 standard is well established in the electronic data exchange community, and claims are typically highly structured documents with relatively few unknowns, making it easier for clearinghouses to engage in the type of interoperability that is often so elusive in the clinical data ecosystem.

Trust as the Bedrock of Interoperability Between Payers and Providers

With trillions of dollars and huge volumes of sensitive clinical data shooting across the claims superhighways at any given moment, it’s essential that all parties involved have full and complete trust in their clearinghouses.

Choosing a clearinghouse with a strong reputation for security, service, experience, and responsiveness can turn an oft-overlooked piece of the interoperability puzzle into a valuable and proactive partner for improving clinical care and administrative efficiency.

A prospective clearinghouse solution provider should be able to demonstrate its mature and wide-reaching connections with peers across the industry to foster seamless interoperability for both in- and out-of-network claims. Platforms should also include process enhancements such as tools to generate cleaner claims, timely provider notifications at key steps in the process, and helpful resources to address any provider questions or problems that arise before or during claims submission.

With a trusted and collaborative clearinghouse, health plans and providers can work together more efficiently and effectively to accomplish their daily tasks while moving into the optimal position to take advantage of everything that rich, robust claims data has to offer. 

Clearinghouses shouldn’t just feel like part of the furniture. Instead, they should become an active and integrated part of a health plan’s larger interoperability goals. By simplifying and streamlining the claims submission process, clearinghouses don’t just save time and money for payers. They can also unlock the full potential of claims data for broader financial and clinical analytics purposes, such as provider performance monitoring, population health management, and other high-priority value-based care activities.

Grow Your Business in 2023 with Two Simple MYUHIN Tools: Templates and Drafts

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Are you really, truly ready to grow in 2023? Using MYUHIN Templates and Drafts could help your clinic or private practice save time, ease administrative burden, improve cash flow and grow now.

Templates Put You Closer to the Finish Line

Providers spend as much as 10 minutes submitting one electronic claim – and 22 minutes for paper! (2022 CAQH Index) Seemingly small, ongoing hurdles, like repetitive data entry, can impede your growth. Save time in 2023 by creating claim Templates that you know will work! Create one claim, one time, then use it over and over again. Why start from scratch when you can start only a few clicks away from the submission finish line?

Submit your claims even faster and stay on top of your practice’s billing by leveraging our lightning-fast submission process. If you’re working long hours to get your work done in a timely manner, you can reclaim your time, finish work faster and decrease stress. We’ll keep you informed as your claim makes its way from submission to payment.

You can set up your template for your unique circumstances. Everything in the claim form can be configured, except for:

  • Patient Name
  • Date of Service

Take Control with Drafts

Ever been distracted and have to get up from your claim mid-submittal? How many times have you been close to completing a claim only to find that you still need key information to complete it? MYUHIN’s Drafts tool to the rescue!

Using our Drafts tool, you can start your claim, save your progress (Drafts), step away, then come right back to where you were in your workflow. It’s easy to save your progress with the Drafts tool: Just click save as Draft, then pick up where you left off without losing any of your existing work. No more sticky notes or notepad scribbles! 

Clinics, private practices, and billers use MYUHIN everyday to check eligibility and submit claims to our national network of payers. You can access MYUHIN from any PC or Mac connected to the internet (no software installation necessary). MYUHIN is an intuitive tool that enables anyone, so you won’t need hours and hours of training to get the job done. Everything just falls into place for you.

We hope you’re ready, because everyone is counting on YOU!

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By Greg Lobato, Group Product Manager, UHIN


2022 HIT Conference

Presentations from the 2022 HIT Conference

Provider Education Track Presentations

Interoperability Track Presentations

Healthcare Landscape Track Presentations

Data and Care Delivery Track Presentations

About the Conference

Every patient deserves a full, dynamic portrait of their care story. We believe in our power to create a more vibrant and complete picture together.

The HIT Conference will feature four tracks with sessions covering topics like population health, interoperability, care delivery, and health equity, as well as popular sessions from previous PES conferences, like “Medicare Hot Topics” with Lori Weber and the Payer Panel. Join other healthcare professionals and attend sessions by esteemed speakers from the State of Utah, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), University of Utah Health, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Noridian Healthcare Solutions, BYU, AUCH, Comagine, SLCo Health Department, UHIN, and more to be announced!

This event is tailored for professionals across the healthcare ecosystem, such as CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, Chief Medical Officers, VPs, directors, doctors, nurses, administrators, office managers, billers, educators and many more roles at health plans, hospital systems, providers, clinics, higher education institutes, and nonprofit organizations.


For the first time ever, we’ve combined the annual Provider Education Summit (PES) and the HIT conference into a one-day, hybrid event. PES is an educational event for health plans and providers, billers, office managers, coders, administrators and more. PES will have a dedicated track, Provider Education, at the HIT conference this year.

Welcome Keynote

Rich Saunders

Chief Innovation Officer, Utah

Rich Saunders is Utah’s first chief innovation officer and is charged to help lead the Cox-Henderson administration’s commitment to aggressively upgrade state government efficiencies, innovations, and responsiveness to Utah residents, including a world-class customer experience initiative, and organizing the One Utah Health Collaborative nonprofit. Rich previously served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and before state government, was an entrepreneur for 25 years with extensive experience in multiple verticals and significant sales networks nationwide. Rich has an ongoing passion for leadership, knowledge, organizational health, and service to his community.

Closing Session

Brittany Bowe

Olympic Speed Skater and Medalist

Three-time Olympian, Two-time Olympic medalist, 1,000-meter world record holder

Brittany Bowe led the way for Team USA as the flag bearer for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. She is a Three-time Olympian and Two-time Olympic medalist who gave up her spot in the 500m at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games for Teammate Erin Jackson – recognized as one of the most selfless acts in Olympic history.

1,000-meter world record holder… Reigning 1,000-meter season-long world cup champion… Won seven consecutive 1,000-meter world cup races from December 2018 to December 2019, the longest win streak by a U.S. woman. She helped end a 12-year U.S. women’s drought with an Olympic bronze medal in the team pursuit, and finished top-five in all four of her races at the 2018 Olympics. She is also a Six-time world champion, 20-time world championship medalist and 73-time world cup medalist.

As a gay athlete and LGBTQ+ advocate, uses her platform to promote inclusion and support others. She volunteers as an ambassador for nonprofits Right to Play and Athlete Ally.

Brittany suffered a concussion while training for the 2018 Olympics and was diagnosed with POTS, which means the body does not control blood pressure or heart rate after you stand up. She overcame her fear from that setback and, through an aggressive rehab program, returned to the podium.

Brittany previously played college basketball at Florida Atlantic University and won 32 world championship medals in inline skating before switching to ice. She is dedicated to maintaining a healthy balance between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life, and is working toward her yoga teacher certification. Also, Brittany is a cat owner.

Motto: “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!”

Tracks and Speakers

10:00 a.m. “A Novel Outpatient Complex Care Model – Using Claims Data for Risk Stratification and Evaluation”
Dr. Peter Weir | Executive Medical Director of Population Health, University of Utah Health

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A review of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic – highly coordinated and integrated care for Medicaid members with complex mental and medical health problems that result in high utilization.

11:00 a.m. “Partnerships to Increase HPV Vaccine Rates for Utah’s Community Health Centers”
Shlisa Hughes | Quality Improvement Director, AUCH

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AUCH is committed to preventing HPV related cancers through improving HPV vaccination rates. AUCH has partnered with Huntsman Center for HOPE, the U of U, Huntsman Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and the UDHHS, and Utah’s Federally Qualified Health Centers to use automation and interoperability with clinical workflows to improve immunization rates for Utah’s youth. We will share results and innovations from across the state.

1:00 p.m. “Health Equity: Stop Talking, Start Doing”

Kassy Keen, MPH | Health Equity Bureau Manager, Salt Lake County Health Department

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Health equity has gained increased attention, resources, and support as COVID-19 and social justice movements transform our communities. Often we discuss health equity frameworks, which can be abstract and confusing, offering little guidance around implementation. So, what does it look like to incorporate health equity into systems, programs, and policies in the medical and health field? In this presentation, we will discuss operationalizing health equity, and explore a broad scope of tangible ideas to build capacity, and instill new processes, procedures, and data to create better outcomes for our communities.

2:00 p.m. Orion Health Presentation
Chad Peterson | Chief Revenue Officer, Orion Health

Sara Hallvik

3:00 p.m.Using Analytics to Improve Personal and Population Health
Sara Hallvik | Vice President of Data Solutions, Comagine Health

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Health data can be a powerful tool in improving both personal and population health, but one must consider several factors first. Data governance determines who and how data is used. Data quality determines whether results can be trusted. Combining data sources increases the complexity but can also increase the power of the data. This opens the way to descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, where one can harness their data’s true potential.

10:00 a.m.Why Are We Still Challenged by Identity Matching and Data Quality? Follow Oscar’s Patient Journey”
Gregg Church | President, 4medica, Inc.

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Access to accurate, complete, and timely data is one of the most valuable assets in any healthcare organization. The push toward value-based care and population health initiatives including the response to COVID-19 have amplified the need for efficient exchange of quality patient data, filling gaps in information and offering providers and payers a more complete picture of the patient. Quality data improves care coordination, clinical outcomes, and saves lives but can only be achieved with accurate patient identification or matching across multiple sources.

Learning Objectives:

  • The need for exchanging reliable clinical and administrative data in “real time” for better care coordination and population health management
  • How patient data is being exchanged securely and reliably for care coordination decisions
  • How HIE’s and health networks use quality health data to exchange and provide ‘actionable’ data insights in and out of their community

11:00 a.m. “Setting Utah’s Standards: You Hold the Power”
Boyd Kreeck | Business Analyst, UHIN

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The UHIN Standards Organization is a nonprofit, broad-based coalition of Utah healthcare insurers, providers, and others, including local government entities. The purpose of the Standards Committee is to develop administrative, technical, and billing standards and specifications based on existing federal and state regulation.

Standards created by the committee and approved by the UHIN Board are provided to the Utah State Department of Insurance, Utah Health and Human Services and published in State Rules and made available to the public at UHIN.org. In addition to developing Utah Standards, the UHIN Standards Committee participates in the development of National standards and guidance.

1:00 p.m. “The Present and Future of HIEs
Michelle Suitor | Director of the Clinical Health Information Exchange, UHIN

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A discussion on the history of interoperability and an overview of the various standards covered from both the claims and clinical standpoint. This session will explore what that means for Utah, and provide examples of specific use cases.

2 p.m. “Coordinating and Aligning Health IT: An update on nationwide health IT and interoperability goals”
Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., M.P.P. | National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Join ONC’s National Coordinator Micky Tripathi for updates on:

  • ONC’s work to align health IT activities across HHS agencies
  • How the Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement (TEFCA) will ease information sharing across networks of EHRs and other health IT systems
  • The continued implementation and enforcement of the information blocking regulations
  • Data standardization efforts to promote equity, reduce disparities, and support public health data interoperability
  • And more!

3:00 p.m. “HIE Transformation: It’s About More Than Data
Mary-Sara Jones | Sr. Business Development Executive, Health & Human Services, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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The Public Health landscape is changing. It is getting broader and deeper. The global pandemic highlighted fragmentation across and within organizations and the incompleteness of the data available to decision makers. There is a hunger for better, richer, cleaner data to support more holistic decisions and move efforts toward prevention. For many states data modernization and digital transformation will occur in parallel. Immediate updates to shared data infrastructure can provide meaningful insights while updated paradigms of service delivery are reimagined with modern technology to better meet provider and constituent expectations. Health Information Exchanges play a central role in creating and maintaining a connected data ecosystem driving improved patient outcomes and community vitality. This presentation with Natasha Nicolai explores future models for HIEs, how data transformation can provide immediate community impact, and what is required to create the parallel path to digital transformation.

3:00 p.m. “HIE Transformation: It’s About More Than Data
Natasha Nicolai | AWS WWPS SLG Leader, Health and Human Services Analytics, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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The Public Health landscape is changing. It is getting broader and deeper. The global pandemic highlighted fragmentation across and within organizations and the incompleteness of the data available to decision makers. There is a hunger for better, richer, cleaner data to support more holistic decisions and move efforts toward prevention. For many states data modernization and digital transformation will occur in parallel. Immediate updates to shared data infrastructure can provide meaningful insights while updated paradigms of service delivery are reimagined with modern technology to better meet provider and constituent expectations. Health Information Exchanges play a central role in creating and maintaining a connected data ecosystem driving improved patient outcomes and community vitality. This presentation with Mary-Sara Jones explores future models for HIEs, how data transformation can provide immediate community impact, and what is required to create the parallel path to digital transformation.

10:00 a.m. Beating Hypertension, the Silent Killer
Nickee Andjelic, MS, CHES | Maternal and Infant Health Program Manager, Utah Department of Health and Human Services

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The Utah 6|18 Workgroup is a cross-collaborative workgroup focusing on addressing 6 high-cost and preventable health conditions with 18 evidence-based and cost-effective interventions. For 2022, the workgroup selected to focus on self-monitoring blood pressure (SMBP) by hypertensive patients with clinical support to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Hypertension is the silent killer and is a comorbidity and risk factor for a number of other chronic conditions. One in 4 Utah adults have diagnosed hypertension and 15-30% of Utah adults have undiagnosed hypertension. Strong evidence supports that SMBP interventions, when combined with additional support like patient counseling, education, or web-based support, are effective in improving blood pressure outcomes in patients with high blood pressure. Home blood pressure monitors are a covered benefit under Utah Medicaid and many resources are available to support clinic training and member education to encourage accurate SMBP and clinical support.

10:00 a.m. “Beating Hypertension, the Silent Killer
Dr. Richard Ferguson | Chief Medical Officer, Health Choice Utah

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The Utah 6|18 Workgroup is a cross-collaborative workgroup focusing on addressing 6 high-cost and preventable health conditions with 18 evidence-based and cost-effective interventions. For 2022, the workgroup selected to focus on self-monitoring blood pressure (SMBP) by hypertensive patients with clinical support to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Hypertension is the silent killer and is a comorbidity and risk factor for a number of other chronic conditions. One in 4 Utah adults have diagnosed hypertension and 15-30% of Utah adults have undiagnosed hypertension. Strong evidence supports that SMBP interventions, when combined with additional support like patient counseling, education, or web-based support, are effective in improving blood pressure outcomes in patients with high blood pressure. Home blood pressure monitors are a covered benefit under Utah Medicaid and many resources are available to support clinic training and member education to encourage accurate SMBP and clinical support.

10:00 a.m. Beating Hypertension, the Silent Killer
Rachel Vasquez | Quality Program Manager, Health Choice Utah

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The Utah 6|18 Workgroup is a cross-collaborative workgroup focusing on addressing 6 high-cost and preventable health conditions with 18 evidence-based and cost-effective interventions. For 2022, the workgroup selected to focus on self-monitoring blood pressure (SMBP) by hypertensive patients with clinical support to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Hypertension is the silent killer and is a comorbidity and risk factor for a number of other chronic conditions. One in 4 Utah adults have diagnosed hypertension and 15-30% of Utah adults have undiagnosed hypertension. Strong evidence supports that SMBP interventions, when combined with additional support like patient counseling, education, or web-based support, are effective in improving blood pressure outcomes in patients with high blood pressure. Home blood pressure monitors are a covered benefit under Utah Medicaid and many resources are available to support clinic training and member education to encourage accurate SMBP and clinical support.

11:00 a.m. The Challenge is HOW not Why: Integrating the Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare
Dr. Len Novilla | Associate Professor, BYU

1:00 p.m. “Countering Cybersecurity Risks Across Your Organization”
Keith Roberts | Information Security Analyst, UHIN

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Presentation on the importance of cybersecurity in healthcare. We’ll look at a recent data breach investigations report, how to stop cybersecurity, and the importance of staff training.

2:00 p.m. “Decentralized Identity and Verifiable Credentials in Health Care
George McEwan | Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Department of Government Operations at the State of Utah

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On May 26th, 2011 Google introduced Google Wallet on android phones. Not to be left out of a really good marking term, Apple followed suit on September 19th 2012, launching Apple Wallet. Ten years later and it is still “novel” to pay with a phone.  What happened and why does it matter now?

The future of legally binding, decentralized digital identity and verifiable credentials has expanded beyond simple digital wallets and is debuting in government in the near future. This session provides the background you’ll need to participate in the next identity revolution. 

3:00 p.m. Intro and Overview of the One Utah Health Collaborative
James Wissler | Executive Director, One Utah Health Collaborative

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This intro/overview of the One Utah Health Collaborative will have an emphasis on the barriers and the importance of community alignment regarding interoperability. A panel of innovators, clinicians, and interoperability experts will join Jaime Wissler to discuss the questions of how and why we’re working toward a longitudinal health record.

10:00 a.m. “Motivating for Performance: How Leaders Can Help Teams Find Their Drive”
Blake Bishop | Vice President of Data Services, Neovest, a JPMorgan Chase subsidiary

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Intrinsic motivation plays a pivotal role in organizational performance management. Not surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between employee motivation and business success. The factors that drive the desire to perform, however, may come as a surprise to many. In this presentation, we will explore what intrinsic motivation is, why intrinsic motivation matters, and how you as a leader can motivate your team members to perform at their peak.

11:00 a.m. “Medicare Hot Topics”
Lori Weber | Provider Relations Specialist, Noridian Healthcare Solutions

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This presentation encompasses updates, important topics and valuable resources to assist your practice with successful Medicare billing.

1:00 p.m. “Life of a Claim: Creation, Rejection, Elation”
Joy Cone | Application Support Analyst, UHIN

2:00 p.m. MYUHIN Claims
Greg Lobato | Group Product Manager, UHIN

Payer Panel

3:00 p.m. Payer Panel
Representatives from DMBA, EMI, HCU, Noridian Medicare B, PEHP, Regence, SelectHealth, and University of Utah Health Plans

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Q&A session with a panel of provider relations specialists and representatives from national and local, Utah health plans. This popular session answers some of providers most pressing questions. In previous years, questions have included:

  • Which are the most common errors that keep claims from processing?
  • What are the procedure codes with modifiers that should be used for phone visits for each insurance company?
  • Are all the payers reimbursing for Telehealth visits at the same rates as in person visits during the pandemic?






Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

75 S W Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Free parking for 2022 HIT Conference attendees


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Once we receive your request, we will review and notify you on the status of your refund. If your request is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card or original method of payment.

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ONC Releases Data on Information Blocking Claims

77% of claims submitted identified providers as potential actor; only two claims identified HIEs

New ONC data shows almost 300 claims of healthcare organizations allegedly blocking access to patient data. Since information blocking regulations went into effect last April, the ONC has received 274 possible claims of information blocking. 

Of those claims, 176 were submitted by patients. The majority of claims submitted (211) identified a “health care provider” as the potential actor, with 42 claims naming health information technology developers, and only two claims identifying health information exchanges. 

Claim Counts by Types of Claimant

Claim Counts by Potential Actor

Source: Information Blocking Claims: By the Numbers – https://www.healthit.gov/data/quickstats/information-blocking-claims-numbers

“…the circumstances described in the claims may offer insight into potential impediments to EHI access, exchange, or use,” wrote ONC executives Rachel Nelson and Cassie Weaver in a release article. “Though we cannot tell through simple triage whether a particular claim represents information blocking as defined in the regulations, some of the concerns described in the claims we have received appear on their face consistent with examples of practices likely to interfere with access, exchange, or use of EHI that we described in ONC’s Cures Act proposed and final rules.”

Claims of potential data blocking were received through the Report Information Blocking Portal and the ONC plans to release updated data each month on a dedicated Information Blocking web page.

In accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, the ONC seeks to stop certain information blocking practices. New rules were issued in 2020 regarding information blocking regulations with compliance dates going into effect April 5, 2021.

UHIN has long been a proponent of interoperability across the healthcare industry. Our vision is to create a more connected healthcare system that drives innovation, collaboration, and inclusiveness.