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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.

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

Meaningful Use Stage 2: Deadline to Register Intent for Public Health Measure is March 1

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
If you’re planning to participate in one of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 public health measures as part of your attestation in 2015, CMS reminds you that the deadline to register with your public health agency (PHA) is March 1, 2015. The measure requires that you notify your PHA or other body to whom the information will be submitted of your intent to initiate ongoing submission of information within 60 days of the start of your EHR reporting period. Failure to register your intent for a public health objective by this deadline […] Continue Reading

Breaking News: CMS Extends Meaningful Use, PQRS Deadlines to March 20

CMS SGR Repeal with No ICD-10 Delay
CMS has announced that it is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use for the 2014 reporting year from Feb. 28 to March 20, 2015. CMS says that EPs now have until 11:59 PM ET on March 20 to comply with the EHR attestation deadline. CMS also announced that the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended to March 20, 2015. However, the agency has emphasized that the Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. In the announcement, CMS urged providers to […] Continue Reading

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

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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

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule Expected to be Published in February

Are you ready for a full year of Meaningful Use?
The Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule is expected to be published in February, after the final step of review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is currently underway. In 2014 many EHR vendors missed the mark in terms of achieving 2014 Meaningful Use certification, so special attention is being paid to vendor readiness for 2015. The proposed rule indicates that CMS will coordinate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to ensure that EHR certification criteria and certified EHR technology will be in place when Stage 3 […] Continue Reading

How to Prepare for the ICD 10 Deadline Without Blowing Your Budget

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Are you getting started with preparation for the transition to ICD-10 coding, and worried about how to make the transition in time for the ICD 10 deadline? Concerned that just the cost of training will blow your budget? If so, good news: There are a lot of free resources available to help you plan and make sure your practice is ICD-10 ready. Here are a few we recommend: 1.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers a variety of resources including videos and planning tools for both small and larger […] Continue Reading

Free Webinar: ICD-10 Success: How to Get There from Here

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM Eastern – 12:00 PM Central – 10:00 AM Pacific ICD-10 is coming—will you be ready? Make sure you are with this complimentary overview of ICD-10 and how to prepare with expert coding consultant Betsy Nicoletti. In this free webinar, you’ll review: Who’s Afraid of ICD-10? What ICD-10 is Made Of What To Do Now How to Get Ready And more You’ll hear expert advice on the structure of ICD-10, what codes you need to learn, the impact on your denials, how to develop a plan for the transition, how to […] 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

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