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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.

Do You Know the Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Practice Workflow?

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Economic pressures are forcing many practices to look for efficiencies in their workflows. It’s important to perform this type of assessment on a regular basis in order to keep your practice as efficient as possible. A recent article in Medical Economics recommended that practices start with a task list in order to identify inefficiencies and redundancies. We highly recommend that also. Another good idea is simply to ask the staff in your office; some people have good ideas but just don’t speak up because they are reluctant to question the status quo…. Continue Reading »

Free Webinar: 8 Keys for Optimizing Your Practice Cash Flow

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 AM Pacific Presented by HealthFusion Inc. and Transworld Systems Inc. With increases in patient responsibilities, ACA changes to eligibility and more, your collection processes need to change to accommodate the new reality. If your practice is doing billing, follow-up, and collections the same way you did five years ago, you need to join us for this free webinar to learn: What are your rights as a healthcare creditor? What are the four payer types and how do you get them to pay? How… Continue Reading »

How Podiatrists Can Report for PQRS

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With the recent changes in the PQRS rule, many specialty providers are struggling to find the best way to comply with the program. There are several ways to report podiatry PQRS data, but if you are an EHR user then we believe the EHR method is the most efficient way. Historically foot and ankle specialists were encouraged to use the claim method, but moving forward we think the EHR method is better because of the alignment of the Meaningful Use and PQRS 2014 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). Important Facts about Podiatry PQRS… Continue Reading »

Free Infographic: 10 Things You Should Know about PQRS

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Wondering why you should care about PQRS among the flurry of other CMS programs? We’ve heard from physicians that they’re unclear on: What PQRS is What PQRS means to their practice Why practices should participate In addition, providers are wondering what exactly is required for PQRS 2014 reporting and how to do it. To help answer some of the key questions, we’ve developed the quick-reference PQRS infographic below. Take a look and let us know in the comments if you have other questions on qualifying and reporting for PQRS. If you need… Continue Reading »

Technology Update – iOS Device Speech to Text for Accurate iPad Dictation

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What you need to know: Physicians want to chart at the point of care Not all EHRs support an interface that promotes real-time encounter creation Physicians need a mobile device that is easy to use in the exam room EHR software must be optimized and native to the mobile platform Fingertip touch should be the primary means of data entry Many times fingertip touch needs to be supplemented with dictation Dragon products designed for medical use have become the dictation gold standard Dragon products are difficult to integrate with mobile devices such… Continue Reading »

Are You Using Your Practice Management System to Unlock Your Practice Profitability?

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You feel it every month—the squeeze on your practice profitability. In addition to the SGR fix that may or may not happen, there are so many other pressures on your practice that it only makes sense to maximize profitability wherever you can. That’s where your practice management software should help. Here are a few ways you can use your PM/medical billing software to find additional monies on the bottom line: Review your financial reports monthly. It’s amazing how many providers don’t look at their financial reports; this is a key opportunity to… Continue Reading »

Deadline Approaching for PCMH Recognition

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If you were planning to apply for PCMH recognition under the NCQA 2011 version, you need to know that the last day to purchase the 2011 Survey tool is June 30, 2014, and the last day to submit the 2011 Survey Tool is March 31, 2015. Even if you haven’t decided which version to use, you may want to purchase the 2011 Survey Tool before the deadline runs out on June 30, 2014, in order to maintain the flexibility of choosing which recognition program—2011 or 2014—you want to be recognized for. NCQA announced… Continue Reading »

Patient-Centered Medical Home Study Shows Reduction of Cost and Utilization Among High-Risk Patients

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In the ongoing debate on the value of patient-centered medical homes, a new three-year study funded by Independence Blue Cross showed reduced costs and utilization for high-risk patients cared for by patient-centered medical homes, according to an article in the March edition of The American Journal of Managed Care. The authors of the study observed that “A number of previous studies have shown early promise for the PCMH model as a vehicle for controlling costs and improving the quality of healthcare delivered by primary care practices” but after reviewing other studies, they… Continue Reading »

Breaking News: Senate Votes to Delay ICD-10 to 2015

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Despite campaigns by AHIMA and other healthcare IT groups, the Senate voted 64 to 35 in the eleventh hour Monday to delay the transition to ICD-10 to at least October 2015. The delay was included in a bill providing a short-term fix to the SGR. The bill goes now to President Obama’s desk for signature, and the general consensus is that he will probably sign it. Physician opposition to another temporary solution for the SGR was strong, but a more permanent solution was shot down after Republicans in the House included a… Continue Reading »

Top 10 Misconceptions about Meaningful Use

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Not quite sure what’s involved in Meaningful Use with the changes for 2014? Review our Meaningful Use summary of the common misconceptions about both Stage 1 and Stage 2. I can attest for 2014 Meaningful Use with whichever EHR I have currently. This year you must attest for either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use with an EHR certified for 2014. 2011 certifications will not be accepted without a hardship exception, which must be submitted by July 1, 2014. All EHRs that were certified for Meaningful Use in 2011 are certified… Continue Reading »

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