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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

CMS Offers Resources to Promote Chronic Care Management Awareness

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CMS' new Chronic Care Management initiative offers resources to help educate patients and healthcare professionals about CCM. The effort is indicative of how underutilized the CCM program is nationwide, across the physician community — versus how much potential lies in it for both practices and an underprivileged patient population. Continue Reading

Will 2017 See New Chronic Care Management Rules?

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In the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, CMS recommended some changes to the current chronic care management billing rules. Billing for Chronic Care Management may not be as straightforward in the future as it is now, however, CMS claims that the ultimate goal is to actually simplify chronic care management, making it easier to provide these services by implementing these rules. Continue Reading

Chronic Care Management Just Became That Much Easier

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have recently determined some of their requirements for billing under the Medicare chronic care management CPT code 99490 to be too burdensome for eligible clinicians. Find out which ones. 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. Increase Your Practice Profitability in 2015: Set Your Practice Up for Payment Success  2015 promises to continue being a challenging time for patient collections; new high deductible insurance plans mean collecting patient responsibilities up front is more important than ever, […] Continue Reading

CMS Clears Up Chronic Care Management Confusion Over Medicare Advantage and More, Part II

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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

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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

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

Will the New Chronic Care Management Code Be Covered Under Medicare Advantage?

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As the new Chronic Care Management code program is rolled out, providers have raised multiple questions that have yet to be answered about reimbursement for the code. One of the questions that have arisen in our recent webinars on the new program was whether the Chronic Care Management code would be covered under other programs such as Medicare Advantage. Currently, as we understand it, chronic care management is only covered for fee-for-service Medicare patients. This question has apparently been raised in other venues as well. At a recent educational session, CMS representatives […] Continue Reading

Visit Our Resource Center for Free Information on ICD-10, Chronic Care Management, More

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Looking for information on transitioning your practice to ICD-10, implementing a chronic care management program or addressing other important challenges? Good news: You can find a wealth of free information in the HealthFusion Resource Center, including: Live Webinars Webinar Recordings White Papers Infographics And more Each of these resources is designed to help you understand and navigate the new challenges facing medical practices, including: Chronic Care Management ICD-10 Practice Cash Flow Management PQRS Reporting Meaningful Use The Value-Based Modifier And more Among the important topics you can catch up on are: How […] Continue Reading

March EHR Newsletter: ICD-10, Meaningful Use Timeline, And More

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The March issue of our free newsletter is out, so be sure to review it for articles on the changes to the Meaningful Use timeline, how to prepare for ICD-10, free webinars, and much more. If you don’t receive the newsletter via email, sign up for the monthly emails now. Free On Demand Webinars Free Webinar: ICD-10 Success: How to Get There from Here ICD-10 is coming—will you be ready? Make sure you are with this complimentary overview of ICD-10 with expert coding consultant Betsy Nicoletti, who will review: Who’s Afraid of […] Continue Reading