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Leslie Amorós

Leslie Amorós
Leslie Amorós, Communications Lead, Da Vinci Project and Gravity FHIR Accelerators, and Senior Communications Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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New Postable Remittance Advice Use Case Featured in HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2024 4:45:14 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, health IT policy, Da Vinci, payer data exchange, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Implementation Guides, burden reduction, Postable Remittance

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February Roundtable also features Payer Data Exchange and Burden Reduction Overviews

This week’s HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable, “HL7 Da Vinci Implementation Guides Solve Your Real-World Business Problems: Postable Remittance, Payer Data Exchange and Burden Reduction Overviews,” is scheduled for Feruary 28 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET. 

Da Vinci leaders will introduce the newest use case focusing on postable remittance advice and will share an overview of the Implementation Guides that are suggested in the proposed rules and how they meet the rules’ objectives.

With the issuance of the new federal interoperability rules, the innovative interoperability work advanced by the HL7 Da Vinci Project is once again being recognized as a path forward for game-changing industry transformation that will reduce burden, increase automation and improve care. You will learn how to access the resources, participate in community feedback and start getting involved.

The presenters will include:
  • Robert Dieterle, HL7 Da Vinci Project Sr. Advisor and Burden Reduction Lead
  • Naomi Miao, Business Operations Manager, athenahealth
  • Mark Scrimshire, PDex Project Lead & Implementation Guide Lead, HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Chief Interoperability Officer, Onyx Health

The session is moderated by Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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CMS Final Rule Overview Added to Next Week’s HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2024 12:15:02 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, health IT policy, CMS, Da Vinci, prior authorization, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Implementation Guides, CDex, policy

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January Roundtable also features Providence’s Clinical Data Exchange Implementation Journey

Are you interested in hearing federal officials provide an overview of the CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule (CMS-0057)?

If so, register now for next week’s HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable, “CMS Interoperability Final Rule Overview and a Clinical Data Exchange Success Story: How Standardization Improves Value Based Care Performance,” scheduled for Jan. 24 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET.

The HL7 Da Vinci Project is thrilled to have CMS join next Wednesday’s Community Roundtable to offer highlights of the final rule in addition to the scheduled program showcasing Providence’s Da Vinci Clinical Data Exchange (CDex) Implementation Guide implementation journey.

Providence became the first major health system to implement CDex standards, and their journey included piloting with Premera Blue Cross and the vetting and approval by internal quality teams and external Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) auditors. The session concludes with a discussion of benefits experienced using CDex, including improved decision making, reduced burden, improved patient outcomes and enhanced quality of care to patients.

The Da Vinci Project is a private-sector initiative that accelerates the adoption of HL7 FHIR as the standard to support and integrate value-based care (VBC) data exchange across communities. The goal of the project is to help payers and providers positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes, enabling providers to see the right data at the right time for patient-centered care.

The presenters will include:

  • Lorraine Doo, Senior Policy Advisory,Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service
  • Alex Mugge, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service
  • Semira Singh, Director, Population Health Informatics, Providence  
  • Michael Westover, Vice President, Population Health, Providence 

The session will be  moderated by Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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HL7 Da Vinci Project Leaders Highlight A Year of Active Implementation and 2024 Plans at the December Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2023 3:29:39 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, health IT policy, Da Vinci, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Implementation Guides

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Discussion offers insights on real-world implementations of Da Vinci’s Implementation Guides

Join us on Wednesday, December 6, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. EST for the December Community Roundtable presentation titled, “A Year of Active Implementation: HL7 Da Vinci Project Year-end Review and 2024 Plans.”

At this combined Member Forum, Operating Committee and Community Roundtable, Da Vinci Project leaders will share the latest on use case progress and implementations, regulatory response and alignment, and how HL7 FHIR brings value to implementers and the marketplace. The session will conclude with considerations and opportunities for 2024.

Presenters will be:

  • Hans Buitendijk, HL7 Da Vinci Project Steering Committee Vice Chair, and Director, Interoperability Strategy, Oracle Health
  • Crystal Kallem, Project Manager, HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners
  • Jocelyn Keegan, Program Manager, HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Payer/Practice Lead, Point-of-Care Partners

The moderator will be Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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HL7 Da Vinci Project Implementation Guide Progress Is Focus of Next Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2023 5:28:35 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, Da Vinci, value based care, FHIR Accelerator

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October Community Roundtable to be held October 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Are you interested in learning the latest on the following:

  •  Clinical data exchange; coverage, transparency and burden
  • Quality and risk use cases
  • The HL7 Da Vinci Project’s Implementation Guide foundational assets?

If so, register now for the next Da Vinci Community Roundtable, to be held Oct. 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET. The session will offer timely updates on changes made in 2023 to the Da Vinci Implementation Guides and offer an outlook for next year.

“The Power of Collaboration: 2023 HL7 Da Vinci Project Implementation Guide Progress,” will feature presenters discussing Implementation Guide functional enhancements as well as the current status and maturity of the guides to help inform your planning for next year’s HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7® FHIR®) implementation staffing and allocations. Attendees will also learn where they can provide needed input and participation in the use cases.

The Da Vinci Project is a private-sector initiative that accelerates the adoption of HL7 FHIR as the standard to support and integrate value-based care (VBC) data exchange across communities. The goal of the project is to help payers and providers positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes, enabling providers to see the right data at the right time for patient-centered care.

The presenters will include:

  • Michael Gould, Associate Vice President, Interoperability Strategy, ZeOmega and HL7 Da Vinci Project Architectural Group Co-Lead
  • Crystal Kallem, Project Manager, HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care-Partners
  • Mark Scrimshire, PDex Project Lead & Implementation Guide Lead, HL7 Da Vinci Project, and Chief Interoperability Officer, Onyx Health
  • Teresa Younkin, Value Based Performance Reporting Co-Lead, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners

The session is moderated by Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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September CodeX Community of Practice Showcases Oncology Data Collection and Documentation Transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 26, 2023 8:16:49 AM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, FHIR Accelerator, CodeX, mCODE, oncology

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Webinar Highlights Real-World mCODE®-Compatible Structured Data Capture at University of Wisconsin Madison

At the September CodeX Community of Practice, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, 12 – 1 p.m. ET, Dr. Hamid Emamekhoo will present their approach to enhance structure data collection at University of Wisconsin Madison.

In his presentation, “Charting a New Course: Transforming Oncology Documentation to Enhance mCODE-Compatible Structured Data Capture,” he will discuss the process of creating optimized oncology specific note templates to prioritize the collection of encounter-specific treatment and disease-related data in a standardized manner. They focus on integrating data collection into the routine clinical workflow and improve the accuracy and quality of clinical documentation while collecting mCODE (minimal Common Oncology Data Elements)-compatible structure data that can ultimately improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.

The mCODE FHIR Implementation Guide is an open standard language for cancer data. Once adopted across the oncology community, mCODE promises to greatly increase the amount of high-quality shareable data for all cancer types, allowing data to be collected once and used for multiple purposes by clinicians and researchers to support patient care.

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Patient Cost Transparency is Focus of HL7 Da Vinci Project’s September Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2023 8:02:17 AM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, Da Vinci, FHIR Accelerator, patient cost transparency, No Surprises Act

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Multistakeholder Discussion Features Panelists from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Epic, Florida Blue and Providence

Is your organization planning to use FHIR APIs to support data exchange for patient cost transparency (PCT)?

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. for the September Community Roundtable presentation titled, “No Surprises Now: How the HL7 Da Vinci Project Accelerates Patient Cost Transparency.” Featuring a provider, payer, vendor and regulator, the multistakeholder discussion begins with an initial level setting session outlining the regulatory landscape, including the No Surprises Act, regulations and resources.

Next is a review of the HL7 Da Vinci Project’s PCT use case, which aims to develop a standard data exchange in support of patient cost transparency for devices, services and collection of services using FHIR APIs for exchange of data. The session will close with insights on the benefits of testing and implementation of PCT from the following presenters:

  • Vanessa Candelora, HL7 Da Vinci Project Patient Cost Transparency Co-Lead and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care-Partners
  • Tina Mintyala, Program Manager, Revenue Cycle, Providence
  • Alice O’Carroll, HL7 Da Vinci Project Patient Cost Transparency Co-Lead and Interoperability Product Manager, Florida Blue
  • Carmen Smiley, Health Insurance Specialist, Division of Consumer Protection Policy, Consumer Support Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Zackery Welch, Executive Director, Pre-Services: Providence Health and Services
  • Jacob Woodford, HL7 Da Vinci Project Patient Cost Transparency Co-Lead and Technical Services, Epic

The session is moderated by Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners.

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Genomics Is the Focus of Upcoming CodeX Community of Practice

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2023 11:58:21 AM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, FHIR Accelerator, CodeX, GenomeX, FHIR Genomics

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Hear Two Experts Discuss Real-World Genomics Data Exchange & Use Case
 Progress at Friday's Event

August brings a CodeX Community of Practice meeting that highlights advances in the Accelerator’s genomics domain, lessons learned and how the work improves research and patient care. The virtual session, which will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, 12 – 1 p.m. ET., features two presentations:  

Advancing Genomics Data Exchange Using HL7 FHIR at the Molit Institut 

In the realm of genomic testing, most data presently is sent from the laboratory to health care organizations in the form of a PDF, which isolates this non-computable information within the EHR and limits access to the data for clinical care and research. 

Join us to hear how an early adopter of HL7 FHIR in this realm, Patrick Werner of the Molit Institut, is working to use FHIR to free the data. As a small independent non-profit research organization in Germany, Molit has received FHIR genomic reports for more than two years. Werner will share the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned with Molit’s successful genomics data exchange, including strategies implemented to ease data standards adoption across participating labs.  A review of Molit’s virtual tumor board for molecular oncology will showcase how Molit structures data and identifies possible gaps to assist identification of variants, prognosis on variants and recommendations.   

Presenter: 

Patrick Werner, Process Manager, Interoperability, Molit Institut 

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HL7 Da Vinci Project and CodeX Discuss Prior Authorization Successes, Implementation Guides and their Application in Oncology at August Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2023 2:45:00 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, Da Vinci, prior authorization, FHIR Accelerator, CodeX

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Explore the Cross Accelerator Collaboration During the Discussion Aug. 23, 4 :00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Reducing Prior Authorization Burden and Improving Oncologic Care with HL7 FHIR,” August’s Community Roundtable, will highlight why and how Da Vinci is tackling prior authorization and hear how CodeX is leveraging the work of the Da Vinci Implementation Guides (IGs), which have been referenced in federal proposed interoperability rules, to tackle prior authorization challenges in oncology.

 Join the session and discover the endeavors of the CodeX Prior Authorization in Oncology Use Case team to improve the care journey for cancer patients by expediting prior authorization via automation. 

The discussion will share real-world success stories from Da Vinci and how these efforts can serve as building blocks for CodeX solutions, as well as reveal how you can become involved and the benefits of participation in this work.

Presenters for this session include:

  • Ellen Anderson, Enterprise Architect, Evernorth
  • Kirk Anderson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Chair, Da Vinci Steering Committee, Cambia Health Solutions
  • Su Chen, MD, CodeX Program Manager, Clinical Science Principal, MITRE

Alix Goss, HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, and Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners, serves as the session moderator.

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Curious About Quality? Plan to Attend the July CodeX Community of Practice

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2023 10:58:25 AM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, FHIR Accelerator, USCDI, quality measures, CodeX, oncology

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Hear about the ONC’s USCDI+ Quality Initiative and learn the latest about the Quality Measures for Cancer Use Case on July 28

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CodeX Makes Strides in Prior Authorization in Oncology

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2023 12:31:37 PM / by Leslie Amorós posted in FHIR, interoperability, prior authorization, FHIR Accelerator, CodeX, oncology

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Latest advances in the use case and the success of Mayo Clinic’s adoption of minimal Common Oncology Data Elements (mCODE) to improve routine oncology clinical care focus of June Community of Practice

Prior authorization continues to be a pain point across the health care spectrum, and this month’s CodeX Community of Practice meeting will be highlighting prior authorization and how a standards-based approach is improving care at the Mayo Clinic.

According to a 2022 American Medical Association survey, 94% of physicians reported care delays associated with prior authorization, and 80% said these requirements can at least sometimes lead to patients abandoning treatment.

When treating cancer, the delays could be deadly.

Within CodeX, the Prior Authorization in Oncologyuse case focused on prostate cancer treatment is making strides in its iteratively phased proof-of-concept (POC). A goal of the use case is to automate prior authorization for cancer treatment so that 80% of approvals do not require manual inspection, expediting care for patients and reducing physician burden. CodeX participants are proving the utility of the Implementation Guides Coverage Requirements Discovery (CRD), Documents Template Requirements (DTR) and Prior Authorization Support (PAS) as developed by the HL7 Da Vinci Project Burden Reduction use case as well as in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services December 2022 proposed rule Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes.

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