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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.

HealthFusion® EHR Software Awarded Surescripts® White Coat of Quality for Fourth Consecutive Year

HealthFusion is proud to announce that our MediTouch® EHR software e-prescribing (eRx) system has been awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2014, for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. The White Coat of Quality is Surescripts’ highest recognition for software providers that uphold their strict standards for clinical quality and best practices in e-prescribing. Only four of the top 40 EHRs are multi-year winners. Four-time winners of the award are even more rare, with fewer than 10 achieving that distinction. Previously certified as a Surescripts Solution Provider, the MediTouch e-prescribing system […] Continue Reading

HealthFusion Awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2013; Third Consecutive Year

As announced in a recent press release, HealthFusion’s e-prescribing (eRx) system has been awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2013, for a third consecutive year. HealthFusion is proud to be among the select few multi-year winners, and one of even fewer that are also certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2. The White Coat of Quality is Surescripts’ highest recognition for e-prescribing software vendors who demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of clinical quality, and who continuously improve the e-prescribing process to ensure safe and effective medication therapy. In addition […] Continue Reading

HealthFusion and Surescripts’ EHR Network Can Help Providers Meet Healthcare Standards

Meaningful Use Stage 2 mandates that providers have the capability to exchange secure email messages via the Direct Project protocol. In their efforts to connect healthcare providers and break down costly communication barriers, Surescripts – the most comprehensive clinical health information network in the country – is building a network of EHR vendors that will help facilitate the adoption of this important technology. As announced in a recent press release, HealthFusion is pleased to be one of these vendors. The Surescripts clinical messaging system allows for fast and secure information exchange between […] Continue Reading

Smartphone Electronic Prescribing – If you don’t have it, you need it

If you are an EHR user – ePrescribing on your Smartphone is a convenience that you really shouldn’t live without. Medical Professionals need to view themselves as mobile providers with the newfound ability to respond to patient requests “everywhere and anywhere”. Meeting the needs of patients when you are away from the office and on-the-go will improve patient satisfaction. Since the release of the iPad the world has shifted to essentially 3 form factors for computing. The traditional desktop or laptop computer (not very mobile but very versatile) The mobile tablet (iPad) […] Continue Reading

e-Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Hardship Exemptions from CMS

CMS Meaningful Use EHR software
On November 1st the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made an adjustment to the 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Program’s payment exemptions. CMS’ adjustment finalized two new e-Prescribing hardship exemption categories pertaining to the EHR Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Program in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule. The new eRx hardship exemptions from CMS are as follows: Eligible professionals who achieve meaningful use during certain eRx timeframes. For the 2013 eRx payment adjustment, this will include any eligible professional who achieved meaningful use during January 1, 2011 through June 30, […] Continue Reading

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An update from HealthFusion®

The Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) was proposed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a way for medical practitioners to write electronic prescriptions (eRx) for narcotics and other controlled substances. The EPCS regulation also permits pharmacies to fill and dispense the controlled substances after receiving a qualified practitioner’s eRx. e-Prescribing is intended to reduce paperwork and costs for prescribers and pharmacists, as well as reduce prescription forgery and fraud, while integrating the prescription information into electronic health records (EHRs). Although the DEA legislated a solution for the electronic prescribing of […] Continue Reading

Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Lost in Penalties — Is that motivation enough?

Be Sure to Read the CMS Fine Print I am convinced that some of the best marketing I have recently witnessed is related to the materials published by the government regarding the various provider “incentive” programs. Let’s face it, these incentive programs are really penalty programs with just a taste of incentive in the early years. The names of these programs: EHR Incentive Program, PQRS Incentive Program, eRx Incentive Program… great marketing, but misleading. In fact, CMS does not usually use the word “penalty” when providing details about the programs; instead, the […] Continue Reading

The eRx 2011 Saga Continues — Avoid penalties: adopt MediTouch EHR® and register for the Medicare EHR incentive program.

This blog is the third in a series of blogs related to the bureaucracy of the Medicare eRx program. On February 24, 2010, in our blog titled, The Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program — A lot of stick, not too much carrot, we discussed how the 2011 e-Prescribing (eRx) program was not properly aligned with the more encompassing Meaningful Use incentive program. The conclusion at the time was that users of certified EHR technology were unfairly required to report the Medicare e-Prescribing G-codes on at least 10 claims between January and June […] Continue Reading

The eRx Incentive Program an Update — A welcome dose of Medicare common sense

Several weeks ago we authored a blog entitled, “The eRx Incentive Program – A lot of stick not too much carrot”. The essence of the blog was that the Medicare eRx, “quality initiative was poorly aligned with other government programs, especially ones that are intentioned to reward early adopters of EHR technologies.” Let’s recap the government eRx program – from our prior blog The eRx program for 2011 will pay a meager 1% of their Medicare Part B PFS covered professional services. Contrast that amount with the EHR incentive program, up to […] Continue Reading

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — Sorry not yet ready for primetime

There’s not a week that goes by that we don’t receive a comment from a physician that goes something like this; “We love the ePrescribing module in MediTouch EHR – we wish we could use it on all prescriptions (controlled substances also)”. We thought it would be a good idea to “clear the air” on why there are two workflows for prescribing and why providers should not hold their collective breath on a change in the status quo. Let’s start with some background on prescribing of controlled substances. The New Law On […] Continue Reading