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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

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

Free On Demand Webinar—Meaningful Use Stage 3: What the Future Holds

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Meaningful Use Stage 3 is just around the corner, proposed to begin October 1, 2017. Do you know what to expect, and what you should do? Find out what Stage 3 will mean for your practice in this overview of the proposed rule. In this complimentary webinar, you’ll learn: What are the proposed requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 3? How will the requirements impact your practice? What are the timelines for reporting? Will you be required to use a 2015 edition EHR? And much more Don’t miss your opportunity to learn how […] Continue Reading

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

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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

Questions and Answers on CMS’ Value-Based Modifier Program, Part II

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This blog post continues our question and answer discussion on the Value-Based Modifier program and how it will affect your practice from our recent webinar featuring Barbara J. Connors, DO, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region III. You can read Questions and Answers on CMS’ Value-Based Modifier Program, Part I now. Q: If a solo practice is MU eligible for 2014 and did not report PQRS in 2014, can it still use registry reporting in 2014 to report PQRS? A: You still have time to […] Continue Reading

Questions and Answers on CMS’ Value-Based Modifier Program, Part I

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Have questions about the Value-Based Modifier program and how it will affect your practice? We were fortunate to host Barbara J. Connors, DO, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region III, in our recent webinar on the Value-Based Modifier (VBM) program, and she was kind enough to answer the questions we couldn’t accommodate in the webinar’s Question and Answer session. Q: Will the Value-Based Modifier affect all specialties? A: PQRS (the basis for the VBM) applies to all physicians and other eligible professionals (EP) listed at […] Continue Reading

Quiz: Do You Know How the Value-Based Modifier Will Impact Your Practice?

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How well do you understand CMS’ Value-Based Modifier program? Make sure you understand this new program that will result in payment adjustments, because it will begin impacting your practice with your 2015 performance. Take our quick quiz to make sure you understand what this program means to your practice and what you need to do. Quiz 1. When will the Value-Based Modifier be applied to all practices and used to adjust future Medicare payments? A. 2017 B. 2015 C. 2016 2. The Value-Based Modifier is calculated using: A. Total Costs per Beneficiary […] Continue Reading

PQRS: What You Need to Know and How to Report Webinar Q&A, Part II

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Continuing our Q&A series from our recent webinar on PQRS, we’re answering the rest of the excellent questions from participants that we couldn’t answer in the time available. You can read the first part of this Q&A series now. Q. Is there an option to avoid penalty only? For a plastic surgery practice, we don’t have all the patient data to meet all measures. A. For PQRS, use the claim method and report at least 3 measures.  “For those EPs who satisfactorily submit quality-data codes (QDCs) for fewer than 9 PQRS measures […] Continue Reading

PQRS: What You Need to Know and How to Report Webinar Q&A, Part I

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In our recent webinar on PQRS, Dr. Richard Snow and Dr. Seth Flam, our speakers, provided excellent information, for which we thank them. We had so many good questions that we couldn’t answer them all in the time available, so we’d like to address more questions here.  This is the first part of our two-part blog. Q. What is the deadline to submit 2014 PQRS data? A. Submission of EHR data must be completed in the first quarter following the reporting year. For more information: https://questions.cms.gov/faq.php?id=5005&faqId=2127#sthash.ThOCQVsm.dpuf Q. Are there any specific quality […] Continue Reading