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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

If Your EHR Software Reduces Your Productivity, You Need to Watch This Video

Some physicians complain that using their EHR software reduces their productivity and interferes with the patient relationship. While some reduction in productivity is normal in the short term with the introduction of any new technology, the bottom line is this: Your EHR software should not slow you down and force you to chart after office hours. Don’t believe it? You can see for yourself how fast charting can be—in HealthFusion’s MediTouch. And we’re talking seconds, not minutes. Watch it now While this video is about five minutes, demonstrating charting, eRX (e prescription) […] 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

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

patient collections
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

Practice Profitability
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

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