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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.

New partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians

A new partnership with the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) to offer MediTouch, a family practice EHR to 120,900 practicing American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) members. Continue Reading

May EHR Newsletter: Meaningful Use Stage 1 & Stage 2 Changes and More

May EHR Newsletter: Meaningful Use
The May issue of our free newsletter is out, so be sure to review it for articles on the changes to Meaningful Use Stage 1 & Stage 2 for 2015, chronic care management, free webinars, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free Webinar — Increase Your Practice Profitability in 2015: Set Your Practice Up for Payment Success  Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Central / 10:00 AM Pacific 2015 promises to continue being a challenging time for patient collections; new high deductible […] Continue Reading

CMS Clears Up Chronic Care Management Confusion Over Medicare Advantage and More, Part II

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
In our previous blog post, we discussed clarification provided by CMS on the Chronic Care Management coding program, which has generated many questions. You can read the first blog post now. Here is the second part of the summary of the Q&A session from the CMS MLN Connects call on February 18, 2015: Q: Regarding the requirement that we share the care plan information electronically with other providers; what happens if one of the providers cannot receive that information electronically? A: We talked to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health […] Continue Reading

CMS Clears Up Chronic Care Management Confusion Over Medicare Advantage and More, Part I

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
CMS clarified lingering questions about the new Chronic Care Management code under Medicare Advantage plans recently in a memo to Medicare Advantage organizations and on other topics in a February Q&A session at the end of an MLN Connects National Provider Call. In the memo regarding Medicare Advantage, Kathryn Coleman, director of the Medicare Drug & Health Plan Contract Administration Group, confirmed that the CCM was a covered Medicare Part B service “included in the basic benefit offered by every MA (Medicare Advantage) plan.” However, Coleman noted that Medicare Advantage organizations “have […] Continue Reading

The 3 Most Challenging Meaningful Use Stage 3 Objectives

The proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rule includes 8 objectives. Some objectives are subdivided into multiple measures; therefore, providers will need to attest to approximately 16 measures. Meet all 8 objectives and you meet Meaningful Use Stage 3; fail just 1 objective and for most providers, payment adjustments (financial penalties) will be assessed. Since a single challenging objective could result in Meaningful Use failure, it is important to understand the hurdles that lie ahead should the current proposed rule become law. We define a Challenging Stage 3 Objective as one where either […] 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

Free Webinar—Meaningful Use Stage 3: What the Future Holds

Meaningful Use Stage 3
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern time/10:00 AM Pacific time Meaningful Use Stage 3 is just around the corner, proposed to begin October 1, 2017. Do you know what to expect, and what you should do? Find out what Stage 3 will mean for your practice in this overview of the proposed rule. In this complimentary webinar, you’ll learn: What are the proposed requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 3? How will the requirements impact your practice? What are the timelines for reporting? Will you be required to use a 2015 edition […] Continue Reading

Most Providers Poised to Embrace Chronic Care Management

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
According to a recent survey, 76 percent of respondents said they would organize and structure to meet chronic care management program requirements within the next six months. When asked how many would try to meet the program requirements in 12 months, 92 percent said they would. Of course, this means that three quarters of providers are missing out on the revenue—estimated to be approximately $300,000 per year for the average practice—for anywhere from six months to a year, but the enthusiasm for this new benefit can not be ignored. Why the delay […] Continue Reading

Will the New Chronic Care Management Code Be Covered Under Medicare Advantage?

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
As the new Chronic Care Management code program is rolled out, providers have raised multiple questions that have yet to be answered about reimbursement for the code. One of the questions that have arisen in our recent webinars on the new program was whether the Chronic Care Management code would be covered under other programs such as Medicare Advantage. Currently, as we understand it, chronic care management is only covered for fee-for-service Medicare patients. This question has apparently been raised in other venues as well. At a recent educational session, CMS representatives […] Continue Reading