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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.

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

Meaningful Use Stage 3 and more
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

Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use Makeover – 5 Things You Need to Know

Meaningful Use
On April 10, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule that would dramatically change the Medicare and Medicaid (EHR) Incentive Program. The following are the 5 most important proposed changes to the rule and ramifications of these proposed changes 1. Reduced Reporting Period in 2015 – The EHR reporting period that was targeted to be a full year in 2015 would be reduced to a 90-day (not calendar quarter) period based on the calendar year. 2. The Most Difficult Patient Engagement Measures are Relaxed – The Exchange of Secure Messages with patients where […] Continue Reading

3 Provider Wins Proposed in the New Meaningful Use Stage 3 Regulation

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
This is the second in a series of blog posts examining the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule and its impact on medical practices. You can also review our first post, “5 Things You Need to Know About the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule.” This post examines three wins for providers in the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Rule. 1. Data Portability – Providers have been struggling to migrate from their old EHR to a more modern one. Providers using old client server applications want to move to the cloud. In addition, […] Continue Reading

5 Things You Need to Know About the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
The proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 was announced on Friday, March 20, 2015, and is now available for comment by stakeholders. CMS will rule on comments and the rule will probably be finalized early in the third quarter of this year. Then the ONC will prepare testing information by the late third quarter/fourth quarter and EHR vendors will start building the necessary modules. Here are 5 things you need to know about the Stage 3 proposed rule; we will follow with additional blog posts giving you a deeper look at […] Continue Reading

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

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

Meaningful Use Stage 2: Deadline to Register Intent for Public Health Measure is March 1

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
If you’re planning to participate in one of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 public health measures as part of your attestation in 2015, CMS reminds you that the deadline to register with your public health agency (PHA) is March 1, 2015. The measure requires that you notify your PHA or other body to whom the information will be submitted of your intent to initiate ongoing submission of information within 60 days of the start of your EHR reporting period. Failure to register your intent for a public health objective by this deadline […] Continue Reading

Breaking News: CMS Extends Meaningful Use, PQRS Deadlines to March 20

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
CMS has announced that it is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use for the 2014 reporting year from Feb. 28 to March 20, 2015. CMS says that EPs now have until 11:59 PM ET on March 20 to comply with the EHR attestation deadline. CMS also announced that the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended to March 20, 2015. However, the agency has emphasized that the Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. In the announcement, CMS urged providers to […] Continue Reading

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule Expected to be Published in February

Are you ready for a full year of Meaningful Use?
The Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule is expected to be published in February, after the final step of review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is currently underway. In 2014 many EHR vendors missed the mark in terms of achieving 2014 Meaningful Use certification, so special attention is being paid to vendor readiness for 2015. The proposed rule indicates that CMS will coordinate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to ensure that EHR certification criteria and certified EHR technology will be in place when Stage 3 […] Continue Reading

Good News for Meaningful Use Providers: CMS to Reduce Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements for 2015

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
CMS announced today that they are reducing the reporting burden on providers for Meaningful Use in 2015, much to the relief of providers and hospitals. CMS said in its blog post that they are considering proposals to: Realign hospital EHR reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other CMS quality programs. Modify other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens. Shorten the EHR reporting period in […] Continue Reading

October EHR Newsletter: Value-Based Modifier, PQRS & More

Oct. EHR Newsletter features articles on Value-Based Modifier program and more
Review the latest issue of our monthly newsletter for articles on the Value-Based Modifier program, how CMS penalty programs could affect some practices, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now.  The Value-Based Modifier Program and How It Will Affect Your Practice Just when you thought there were enough CMS incentive programs to worry about, along comes a new program that small and solo practices will need to comply with: the Value-Based Modifier. Introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act, the […] Continue Reading