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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

Medical Record Access: Are Patients and Physicians at Odds?

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In a September 2014 Accenture survey most U.S. consumers polled wanted to have full access to their electronic medical records (EMR), and 41 percent would be willing to switch doctors to gain access. About one-third of U.S. consumers already have full access to their EMR, and 57 percent self-track their personal health information, including health history, physical activity, and health indicators (37, 34, and 33 percent, respectively). Per Accenture, eighty-four percent of U.S. consumers believe they should have full access to their EMR, but only 36 percent of physicians agree. Sixty-five percent […] Continue Reading

HealthFusion Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule Comments

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Many of our users asked me if HealthFusion was going to comment on the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule. I did comment on the rule on behalf of HealthFusion but I decided to as part of the AOA’s comments recently submitted under the signature of its President Robert S. Juhasz, DO. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which represents 110,000 physicians and medical students, has an important voice on healthcare policy and CMS rule makers should consider their input on this Meaningful Use proposed rule seriously. I was asked by the AOA […] Continue Reading

AMA Endorses Latest ICD-10 Killer Legislation

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The AMA recently endorsed a new bill called “The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015”. The bill is the latest attempt to kill the scheduled October 1st, 2015 ICD-10 implementation. The endorsement came by way of a letter from AMA’s CEO, James Madara, MD, to Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who sponsored the bill. Dr. Madara stated, “The timing of the ICD-10 transition could not be worse as many physicians are currently spending significant time and resources implementing electronic health records into their practices and adopting new payment and delivery models,” We believe […] Continue Reading

A Stage 1 & 2 Proposed Rule Mystery

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On April 10, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule that would dramatically change the Stage 1 & 2 Medicare and Medicaid (EHR) Incentive Program for this year and until Stage 3 is mandated. We commented on the proposed rule in our blog “Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use Makeover – 5 Things You Need to Know”. The rule proposes to: Reduce the Reporting Period to 90 Days Relax the Most Difficult Patient Engagement Measures Simplify the Attestation Process by Removing Measures Deprecate the Concept of Core and Menu Measures In addition […] Continue Reading

Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use Makeover – 5 Things You Need to Know

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On April 10, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule that would dramatically change the Medicare and Medicaid (EHR) Incentive Program, and affect CMS Meaningful Use. The following are the five 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. An EP’s Meaningful Use Stage 1 reporting period is always 90 days. 2. […] Continue Reading

The 3 Most Challenging Meaningful Use Stage 3 Objectives

The proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rule includes 8 objectives. Some objectives are subdivided into multiple measures; therefore, providers will need to attest to approximately 16 measures. Meet all 8 objectives and you meet Meaningful Use Stage 3; fail just 1 objective and for most providers, payment adjustments (financial penalties) will be assessed. A Summary of Challenging Stage 3 Objectives Since a single challenging objective could result in Meaningful Use failure, it is important to understand the hurdles that lie ahead should the current proposed rule become law. We define a Challenging […] Continue Reading

3 Provider Wins Proposed in the New Meaningful Use Stage 3 Regulation

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This is the second in a series of blog posts examining the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule and its impact on medical practices. You can also review our first post, “5 Things You Need to Know About the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule.” This post examines three wins for providers in the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Rule. 1. Data Portability – Providers have been struggling to migrate from their old EHR to a more modern one. Providers using old client server applications want to move to the cloud. In addition, […] Continue Reading

5 Things You Need to Know About the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

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The proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 was announced on Friday, March 20, 2015, and is now available for comment by stakeholders. CMS will rule on comments and the rule will probably be finalized early in the third quarter of this year. Then the ONC will prepare testing information by the late third quarter/fourth quarter and EHR vendors will start building the necessary modules. Here are 5 things you need to know about the Stage 3 proposed rule; we will follow with additional blog posts giving you a deeper look at […] Continue Reading

Most Providers Poised to Embrace Chronic Care Management

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According to a recent survey, 76 percent of respondents said they would organize and structure to meet chronic care management program requirements within the next six months. When asked how many would try to meet the program requirements in 12 months, 92 percent said they would. Of course, this means that three quarters of providers are missing out on the revenue—estimated to be approximately $300,000 per year for the average practice—for anywhere from six months to a year, but the enthusiasm for this new benefit can not be ignored. Why the delay […] Continue Reading

Good News for Meaningful Use Providers: CMS to Reduce Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements for 2015

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CMS To Reduce Reporting Requirements CMS announced today that they are reducing the reporting burden on providers for Meaningful Use in 2015, much to the relief of providers and hospitals. CMS said in its blog post that they are considering proposals to: Realign hospital EHR reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other CMS quality programs. Modify other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens. Shorten […] Continue Reading