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Seth Flam, DO

Lead Blogger: Seth Flam, DO

Dr. Flam is one of the founders of HealthFusion and serves as the company's CEO and President. He is board certified in Family Practice and is one of the creative forces behind MediTouch EHR.

SGR Repeal Passed by Senate; No ICD-10 Delay Included

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The Senate passed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) repeal late Tuesday, leaving only a signature from President Obama to make it law. The President has indicated that he is eager to sign the bill, which is notable not only for what it includes but for what it does not include—namely, another delay of ICD-10. The new legislation not only eliminates the annual 21 percent Medicare payment cut that has hung over doctors’ heads since 1997, but also makes value-based reimbursement the new model for Medicare reimbursement. The SGR repeal includes a […] Continue Reading

April EHR Newsletter: Meaningful Use Stage 3, ICD-10 and More

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Be sure to review the April issue of our free newsletter for up to date articles on the proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 and what it means to your practice, whether a delay of ICD-10 is likely, free webinars, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free Webinar — Meaningful Use Stage 3: What the Future Holds Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Central / 10:00 AM Pacific Meaningful Use Stage 3 is just […] Continue Reading

ICD-10 Deadline Delay Unlikely; SGR Fix Delayed But Likely

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The ICD-10 deadline is set for October 1, 2015—but will it stick? The deadline has been pushed out twice before, of course, and industry experts are holding their collective breath waiting to see whether Congress will once again delay implementation of the new code set. The House overwhelmingly approved a fix for Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) without any change to the ICD-10 deadline, which was a relief to those hoping to implement ICD-10 this year. But then the U.S. Senate adjourned for a two-week recess on March 27 without acting on […] Continue Reading

Visit Our Resource Center for Free Information on ICD-10, Chronic Care Management, More

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Looking for information on transitioning your practice to ICD-10, implementing a chronic care management program or addressing other important challenges? Good news: You can find a wealth of free information in the HealthFusion Resource Center, including: Live Webinars Webinar Recordings White Papers Infographics And more Each of these resources is designed to help you understand and navigate the new challenges facing medical practices, including: Chronic Care Management ICD-10 Practice Cash Flow Management PQRS Reporting Meaningful Use The Value-Based Modifier And more Among the important topics you can catch up on are: How […] Continue Reading

March EHR Newsletter: ICD-10, Meaningful Use Timeline, And More

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The March issue of our free newsletter is out, so be sure to review it for articles on the changes to the Meaningful Use timeline, how to prepare for ICD-10, free webinars, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free Webinar — Free Webinar: ICD-10 Success: How to Get There from Here Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific ICD-10 is coming—will you be ready? Make sure you are with this complimentary overview of ICD-10 with expert coding consultant Betsy Nicoletti, […] Continue Reading

How to Prepare for the ICD 10 Deadline Without Blowing Your Budget

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Are you getting started with preparation for the transition to ICD-10 coding, and worried about how to make the transition in time for the ICD 10 deadline? Concerned that just the cost of training will blow your budget? If so, good news: There are a lot of free resources available to help you plan and make sure your practice is ICD-10 ready. Here are a few we recommend: 1.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers a variety of resources including videos and planning tools for both small and larger […] Continue Reading

Free Webinar: ICD-10 Success: How to Get There from Here

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern – 12:00 PM Central – 10:00 AM Pacific ICD-10 is coming—will you be ready? Make sure you are with this complimentary overview of ICD-10 and how to prepare with expert coding consultant Betsy Nicoletti. In this free webinar, you’ll review: Who’s Afraid of ICD-10? What ICD-10 is Made Of What To Do Now How to Get Ready And more You’ll hear expert advice on the structure of ICD-10, what codes you need to learn, the impact on your denials, how to develop a plan for the transition, how to […] Continue Reading

Breaking News: CMS Finalizes Oct 1, 2015 as ICD-10 Deadline Date

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced late Thursday that Oct. 1, 2015, is the new ICD-10 deadline date for providers and payers to transition to the new code set. The announcement, while expected, came after months of waiting. The announcement reiterated CMS’ view that ICD-10 is needed by stating that  ICD-9-CM contains “outdated, obsolete terms that are inconsistent” with current medical practices, adding that ICD-10 represents “a significant change.” Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, said in a statement that “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease […] Continue Reading

ICD-10: What Should You Do Now?

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Now that the dust has settled from the ICD-10/SGR fix battles, you are probably wondering what it all means to you and what you should do now. We advise, as many experts have, that you can relax—a little—but don’t stop your preparations for the ICD-10 start date. In a recent webinar presented by Deloitte, experts advised that when ICD-10 was delayed from 2013 to 2014, many organizations that stopped their preparations experienced significant difficulty regaining momentum. So, take a breath—but keep moving forward. In a CMS MLN Connects call on June 4, […] Continue Reading

CMS Announces Successful Results from ICD-10 Testing Week; HealthFusion Ranks at Top

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the results of the ICD-10 testing week conducted this past March, and HealthFusion is pleased to announce that our testing results were in the upper ranks of those testing. CMS said that testers submitted more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-for-service (FFS) claims systems and received electronic acknowledgements confirming that their claims were accepted. “Approximately 2,600 participating providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses participated in the testing week, representing about five percent of all submitters,” said Niall Brennan, […] Continue Reading