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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.

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

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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

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

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

Chronic Care Management Program Launch Lagging for Practices—Is EHR Software to Blame?

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
In spite of new CMS payments available to physician practices for chronic care management (CCM) services, almost half of healthcare organizations have yet to launch a formal chronic care management program, leaving critical reimbursement dollars on the table, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. The survey showed that almost 45 percent of respondents have yet to bill for the chronic care management code, missing out on at least a portion of the $300,000 per year in additional revenue experts estimate the program will bring to the average practice. CMS’ […] Continue Reading

By Popular Demand: A Second Broadcast of Our Free Webinar on Getting Paid for the New Chronic Care Management Code

Chronic Care Management and Medicare Advantage
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern time/10:00 AM Pacific time Our first webinar on the new chronic care management program launched by CMS on January 1, 2015 was completely filled, so by popular demand, we are presenting it again. Don’t miss this valuable information! Under this new chronic care management program, you can bill for care that you are probably already providing to patients with two or more chronic conditions. But as with most CMS programs, there are very specific requirements you need to meet in order to bill for this […] Continue Reading

January EHR Newsletter: Chronic Care Management, Long-Term Care Software, & More

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Don’t miss the latest issue of our monthly newsletter for articles on the new chronic care management code from CMS and how to draft the Patient Agreement required (with sample agreement), free webinars and infographics, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free Webinar — How to Get Paid for the New Chronic Care Management Code Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern /10:00 AM Pacific Under a new chronic care management program authorized by CMS, you can bill for care that […] Continue Reading