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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

Meaningful Use, PQRS and MACRA Announcements from HealthFusion

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When you become a MediTouch user, we not only keep you apprised of what to expect regarding 2016-2017 government compliance programs, but we also make attestation a piece of cake. Read how: Continue Reading

Should You Care About PQRS, Still?

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The PQRS program as we know it will end on December 31, 2016, as we transition to MIPS and MACRA, but here are the reasons it should still be important to you. Continue Reading

IACS to Transition to EIDM on July 13; Make Changes to Your Account by July 3

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently released information about an important Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) system update. The update will go into effect on Monday, July 13. As part of the update, the Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) system will be retired and current IACS user accounts will transition to an existing CMS system called Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM).The EIDM system provides a way for business partners to apply for, obtain approval of, and receive a single user ID for accessing multiple CMS applications. […] 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

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

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

Free On Demand Webinar–The Value-Based Modifier: What’s the Impact on Your Practice?

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Starting in 2015, providers who participate in Fee-For-Service Medicare need to prepare for the Value-Based Modifier (VBM) program because their 2017 Medicare payments will be adjusted based on their 2015 performance. The VBM has not been on the radar of most small and solo practices before now because it was only applied to groups with more than 10 providers for the first two years. But now all practices need to be aware of this program and understand how it impacts their reimbursement. Webinar on Impacts of Value Based Payment Modifier on Your […] Continue Reading

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About PQRS and Your Practice?

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Until now, PQRS was a CMS incentive program that was overshadowed by Meaningful Use, and so many providers paid no attention to it. But for 2015, the stakes are changing—you will now be subject to not one, but two payment adjustments if you do not report successfully. Make sure you’re up to speed on PQRS—take our short quiz and see if you know what you need to do to avoid penalties. Quiz: Know More About Your PQRS in 2015 1. When does reporting for the 2015 PQRS program year end for group […] Continue Reading