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EHR News and Information: The HealthFusion Blog

The HealthFusion EHR news and blog brings you the latest in the healthcare industry and health IT news as it pertains to you and your practice.

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. More information about Dr. Flam can be found at www.SethFlam.com

EPCS: Understanding the Regulations

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What a difference a couple of words make. CMS updates Public Health Measures FAQ and greatly simplifies the ability for providers to successfully attest to the Public Health Objective. Continue Reading

CMS Updates Public Health Measures FAQ

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What a difference a couple of words make. CMS updates Public Health Measures FAQ and greatly simplifies the ability for providers to successfully attest to the Public Health Objective. Continue Reading

EPCS: Its Time Has Come

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In mid-2012, a mere 10 percent of the nation’s pharmacies participated in EPCS and some states had still had not completed regulatory approval of EPCS. The ecosystem has definitely matured over the past three years. Now that the state regulatory agencies are on board and the overwhelming majority of the nation’s pharmacies can accept EPCS type e-prescriptions, providers need to catch up. Continue Reading

Important Meaningful Use Update

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On Tuesday October 6th CMS released the final rule for this year. The final rule for this year also discusses Meaningful Use in years 2016 and 2017. In addition the final rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3, which becomes mandatory in 2018 was released. The purpose of this update is to discuss what is required to meet the Meaningful Use requirements for this year (2015). Continue Reading

Leaves Are Falling but the New Meaningful Use 2015 Rule Has Still Not “Dropped”

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Yesterday was the first day of fall. The date is significant because, in a recent call, CMS reported that the final rule for Meaningful Use 2015 would be published by “early fall” – yet still no word from our friends at CMS. The last 90-day measurement period for this year starts in early October and if the rule were published today we don’t see a clear path for Meaningful Use 2015 to work like prior years.  Remember, per our original blog post on Meaningful Use 2015 as well as our recent post, […] Continue Reading

Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 Makeover: Delayed until Early Fall

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On April 10, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule that would dramatically change the Medicare and Medicaid (EHR) Incentive Program for 2015. We commented on the five most important changes that would affect EHR Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 in my April 14 blog, which you can read here. The five most significant changes, in a nutshell: 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 period (not a calendar quarter) based on the calendar […] Continue Reading

Medicare ICD-10 Coding Flexibility – How It Works

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NOTE: Please read our three-part blog post on how to find success when this flexibility period ends in October of this year (2016). More specific coding will be required and many billing systems will fail, lacking the tools to support the more stringent coding requirements.  Early in July, at the urging of the AMA and other physician organizations, CMS agreed to offer flexibility with regard to ICD-10 coding during the first year of implementation: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. In our July 6 blog post, we outlined the new rule – and a […] Continue Reading

AMA 12-Month ICD-10 Grace Period Accepted by CMS

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Implementation of the ICD-10 code set is just a few months away; the deadline is October 1, 2015. The AMA and other physician organizations have been campaigning for a grace period with regard to payment of claims that are not “perfectly coded” in ICD-10. Many physicians have been so concerned about adopting this code set they have been preparing for cash flow interruptions by obtaining lines of credit. The AMA and CMS were able to work on a set of grace period rules that will ease the transition to ICD-10 and reduce […] Continue Reading

Meaningful Use 2015 Stage 1 and Stage 2 Proposed Rule Comments

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I recently blogged about our comments related to the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule. We had decided to comment as part of the AOA’s comments recently submitted under the signature of its President Robert S. Juhasz, DO. We decided to follow the same course of action with regard to the Meaningful Use 2015 Stage 1 and Stage 2 Proposed Rule. Again I was invited to participate in the AOA comments on the rule and I was pleased that they incorporated all of my commentary. Click here to view the AOA comments […] Continue Reading

Medical Record Access: Patient Portal Privacy

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In our June 16, 2015 blog “Medical Record Access: Are Patients and Physicians at Odds?” we discussed the controversy regarding the use of sharing patient health records. We presented evidence that there is at least some resistance by physicians to share some or all of the medical record with patients. We presume this latest round of controversy is really targeted around the use of patient portals as the means to share those records. In addition we concluded that this resistance might be related to poor technology solutions that don’t offer providers the […] Continue Reading