HIMSS to hold webinar on Supreme Court and health IT

April 9, 2012 in Medical Technology

CHICAGO – The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will hold a webinar April 11 to discuss how the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect health IT.

How the court decides on the ACA and its individual mandate could have a dramatic impact on healthcare in America for years to come, HIMSS officials said.

[See also: Supreme Court ruling will set the course for healthcare.]

While the main issue in the ACA case is the individual mandate provision or “shared responsibility requirement,” the law includes a number of provisions dependent on, or related to, health IT – including  electronic health information exchange (HIE); administrative simplification changes and new methods to reimburse expenses based on quality of care such as accountable care organization demonstration projects (ACOs), HIMSS officials added.

Particularly, how the Supreme Court eventually rules on the ACA will determine the near-term future of ACOs and Medicare payment reform, they said.

[See also: Day 2: High court delves into heart of health reform.]

HIMSS officials said the webinar is expected to: 

  • define the four major issues before the Supreme Court and how they could be addressed by the justices;
  • explore how the court’s ruling on the several major issues could invalidate other important provisions of the ACA;
  • discuss the short and long term implications of the Supreme Court’s decisions for healthcare reform and health information technology.

The webinar, to be held this Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. ET and is free for HIMSS members ($79 for non-members).

See more information on registration for the seminar on HIMSS’ website here.

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