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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

Think You Know Patient Collections? Test Your Payment Knowledge with Our Quick Quiz

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Do you know what really works when it comes to patient collections? Find out if you’re up on the latest patient payment strategies—take our quick Payment Success Quiz and find out how you score. 1. In terms of getting paid, which point on the “Payability Touch Timeline” is most important? a. Before Visit b. During Visit c. After Visit d. All of the above 2. Before the patient’s visit, it’s important to: a. Set arrival expectation b. Collect insurance information c. Verify insurance information d. Set payment expectation e. Send a reminder […] Continue Reading

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

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
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

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

Free Webinar – Increase Your Practice Profitability in 2015: Set Your Practice Up for Payment Success

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM Pacific Presented by HealthFusion Inc. and Transworld Systems Inc. 2015 promises to continue being a challenging time for patient collections, with ongoing impacts from the Affordable Care Act, higher deductibles and ICD-10, among others. New high deductibles insurance plans mean collecting patient responsibilities up front is more important than ever, and more challenging. In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn how to set your practice up for payment success in spite of these challenges with strategies including: Managing your Payability Touch Timeline […] 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

What is a Software Advice Ranking, and What Does It Mean to Your EHR Software Selection?

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Choosing the right EHR software for a medical practice is extremely challenging, and as we know from replacement rates, laden with trial and error. One of the ways that practices use to assess which EHR software or medical billing software will be best for their needs is to use independent evaluation sources, which provide an objective look at the benefits of various EHRs. Among the leaders in this field is Software Advice, which is owned by the highly respected Gartner Inc. information technology research and advisory organization and provides evaluations of a […] Continue Reading

Staff Training: Your Second Best Tool for Improving Patient Collections

While the right medical billing software makes a huge difference in your patient collections, your next best tool is staff training. Have you ever heard your staff shy away from asking for a co-pay or say something to the effect that “collections are not my job”? If so, then staff training could significantly improve your patient collections. Why? Because in order to get paid, you need to ask—and ask at the right time, in the right way. That takes training. The MGMA’s Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2011 Report Based […] Continue Reading

February EHR Newsletter: Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements Change, Value-Based Payment, More

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The latest issue of our monthly newsletter is out, and you should be sure to review it for articles on the changes to the Meaningful Use reporting requirements, the shift to value-based payment models by both CMS and industry, free webinars, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free Webinar — Take the Pulse of Your Practice Cash Flow — And Improve Your Results Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern /10:00 AM Pacific How do your practice cash flow and […] Continue Reading