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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

Additional Guidance to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Process

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This law will extend the deadline and streamline the hardship exception from Meaningful Use penalties application process by reducing the amount of information that must be submitted to apply for an exception. Continue Reading

How the Feds Botched the Meaningful Use Program, Part 3: CMS Head Recent Comments – Next Sign of Capitulation

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Providers and vendors are suffering from Meaningful Use fatigue. We are all suspect of making a complete commitment to a program that is in disarray. Let’s hope that the work we do in the future will begin to pave the healthcare digital superhighway that providers have been longing for. Continue Reading

How the Feds Botched the CMS Meaningful Use Program, Part 2: New Hardship Rule, First Sign of Capitulation

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In our previous blog post, we reviewed the CMS Meaningful Use Program including the events of 2015. We noted that it was remarkable that the program rules were published after the start of the measurement period. This tardy rulemaking process caused disorder and confusion especially in the last quarter of 2015. Providers needed to quickly learn about the modified rule and vendors had to update their systems to accommodate the latest set of objectives and new measurement periods. Initially, CMS attempted to convince healthcare constituents impacted by the new rule-making that the […] Continue Reading

Meaningful Use Program Botched by the Feds, Part 1: How We Got Here

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The Meaningful Use program is officially in a state of chaos. This blog is part of a three-part series that discusses how we got where we are today, what the recent signals of capitulation are and how providers should plan for Meaningful Use in 2016. 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

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

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