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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

HHS, Industry Leaders Announce Shift to Value-Based Payment Models

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The transition to value-based payment models picked up speed last week on both the Medicare and private payer fronts. First, the Obama administration announced on Jan. 26 that it wants to tie 50% of fee-for-service Medicare reimbursements to quality-based payment methods by the end of 2018, with an immediate goal of making 30% of reimbursements quality-based by the end of 2016. Senior officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Medicare will use payment models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments to reach its goal. […] Continue Reading

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Patient Centered Medical Home?

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You may have seen a lot of news lately about the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): First, various study authors debated the value of the model, and then the accrediting body, the NCQA, announced new 2014 PCMH standards. But let’s back up a step: How much do you know about the PCMH? Take our quick 7 question quiz and see. There is no financial reason to consider becoming a PCMH. True False The Patient-Centered Medical Home model allows any healthcare professional to lead the patient’s care team. True False The PCMH model […] Continue Reading

Deadline Approaching for PCMH Recognition

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If you were planning to apply for PCMH recognition under the NCQA 2011 version, you need to know that the last day to purchase the 2011 Survey tool is June 30, 2014, and the last day to submit the 2011 Survey Tool is March 31, 2015. Even if you haven’t decided which version to use, you may want to purchase the 2011 Survey Tool before the deadline runs out on June 30, 2014, in order to maintain the flexibility of choosing which recognition program—2011 or 2014—you want to be recognized for. NCQA announced […] Continue Reading

Patient-Centered Medical Home Study Shows Reduction of Cost and Utilization Among High-Risk Patients

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In the ongoing debate on the value of patient-centered medical homes, a new three-year study funded by Independence Blue Cross showed reduced costs and utilization for high-risk patients cared for by patient-centered medical homes, according to an article in the March edition of The American Journal of Managed Care. The authors of the study observed that “A number of previous studies have shown early promise for the PCMH model as a vehicle for controlling costs and improving the quality of healthcare delivered by primary care practices” but after reviewing other studies, they […] Continue Reading

Free On Demand Webinar Rebroadcast: What You Need to Know About Medical Homes

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model just became even more important in light of the “SGR fix” news announced Feb. 6. The bipartisan legislation introduced to overhaul Medicare’s troubled payment system includes provisions for a 5% bonus for providers who commit to value-based payment systems such as the PCMH. In addition, NCQA announced a new 2014 version of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program on March 24, 2014. The new program is designed to align more closely with Meaningful Use Stage 2, emphasize team-based care, align quality improvement activities with the “triple […] Continue Reading

Free Infographic: What is Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?

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There’s been a lot of talk about Patient Centered Medical Home lately, and you might be wondering what PCMH is all about. Contrary to what the name implies, PCMH is not a physical place but rather a philosophy of care. Confusing? Check out this free PCMH infographic that we created to make things a bit more clear. Whether you attended our webinar on Patient Centered Medical Home today or not, this infographic can help give you an introduction to the concept, or can serve as a reminder of the topics that were […] Continue Reading

Earn CME and CEU Credit in our Free Webinar: The Patient-Centered Medical Home – What You Need to Know

The Patient-Centered Medical Home: What You Need to Know Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern time/10:00 AM Pacific time Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has been described by its proponents as the healthcare delivery model of the future, and it is just becoming more important in light of the new proposed “SGR fix” that offers a bonus for providers committing to a value-based payment system, such as the PCMH. But do you know what the PCMH model actually is, and what benefits it could bring to your primary care practice? You […] Continue Reading

Free On Demand Webinar: What You Need to Know About Medical Homes and Your Practice

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You may have been hearing “PCMH” for a few years and haven’t seen any need—or had time—to find out what it means and what benefits the model may hold for your practice. That became a much higher priority just three weeks ago. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model just became even more important in light of the “SGR fix” news announced Feb. 6. The bipartisan legislation introduced to overhaul Medicare’s troubled payment system includes provisions for a 5% bonus for providers who commit to value-based payment systems such as the PCMH. In […] Continue Reading

New PCMH Standards to Launch March 2014

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Update:  2014 PCMH Standards Have Been Launched NCQA has announced that a new 2014 version of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program will launch on March 24, 2014, and that the program will be renamed in the process. The name was apparently determined as part of a contest run by the NCQA over the last few months; NCQA has not announced the new name, but stated that the new program will not be called “PCMH 2014.” The new program is designed to align more closely with Meaningful Use Stage 2, emphasize team-based […] Continue Reading

Why Should You Implement a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?

We recently announced that HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR has been prevalidated for NCQA Medical Home, and with so many other healthcare initiatives going on this year – Meaningful Use Stage 2, the Affordable Care Act, and ICD-10, just to name a few – you might be wondering why your primary care practice needs yet another program to attest and provide documentation for. But while government incentive programs are often being sold on a more abstract idea of improvement – and are made popular by the dangling carrot of easy money – the benefits […] Continue Reading