Aug. 19: CMS Administrator Seema Verma delivers the keynote address at the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative’s annual meeting. SHIEC is made up of more than 70 health information exchanges. “Our HIE community needs to work closely with CMS to achieve national interoperability goals, and we know that SHIEC member HIEs will play a significant role in achieving these goals,” SHIEC CEO Kelly Hoover Thompson said in a release announcing Verma’s speech.
Aug. 20: As earnings season winds down, Premier is slated to announce its numbers before the markets open. Analysts are predicting a year-over-year drop in earnings on lower revenue for the group purchasing organization and consultancy. Revenue is projected to be $433.02 million, down 0.2% from the same period last year.
Aug. 21-22: Back to interoperability, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology holds its 3rd Interoperability Forum in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers include Dr. Simon Eccles, chief clinical information officer for the U.K.’s National Health Service; Dr. Amy Abernethy, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs at the Food and Drug Administration; and ONC head Dr. Donald Rucker. Our technology reporter, Jessica Kim Cohen, will monitor the plenary sessions to report on breaking news and to see if ONC officials offer any insights on the pending interoperability and data-blocking final rule.