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   RE: Practice Fusion to start charging for its EMR
 From: Milton Stern
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 02-06-2018 15:52
 Message: Concerning the options of Printing vs. Downloading old chart data for migration to a new chart filing system:

Is the intent to go forward with Paper or EMR/EHR charts?

If the intent is to go forward with Paper, printing the old charts would likely be the best option (unless you want to invest in a secure document management program for the old records.)

If the intent is to go forward with an EMR/EHR, downloading may afford a quicker, and cheaper, migration. (In this case the Print option would require scanning and uploading, or a hybrid electronic/paper chart archive storage space and management. This would likely increase costs of storage space and FTEs)


Milton (Moshe) Stern, M.D.
Staten Island, New York
He [Hillel] used to say: If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now when? (Avot 1:14)
Original Message:
Sent: 02-05-2018 07:57
From: Jean Antonucci
Subject: Practice Fusion to start charging for its EMR

PF charges some people 0 for e-rx of controlled substances(NY)
Charges me 49/mo  for same(Maine)
 each state has different requirments  so they roll it out slowly..
 I do not see why we need them to  download our data? Just print the chart The documents signed will not be in there but so what.Frankly So what

Jean Antonucci

Original Message:
Sent: 02-01-2018 21:44
From: Cindy Go
Subject: Practice Fusion to start charging for its EMR

This is the first time I am posting but I just found out today that Practice Fusion is no longer going to be free and will start charging a subscription rate of $99 per provider per month starting in May.  Those of us who use Practice Fusion probably got an email a couple of weeks ago notifying members that Allscripts had acquired PF.  I thought to myself that when that happened that PF was no longer going to be free to use.  I wrote an email to the CEO of PF and an account representative called me today to tell me that PF was going to start charging monthly in a subscription model and then he proceeded to try to sell me on it by telling me that they will start offering more perks like ePrescribing of controlled substances (which they have been promising for the past 5 years), etc.  Just thought everyone in this forum would like to know.  The rep told me they will be putting out a post in March to notify all the practices.  I have to think about what to do and if it is worth changing to another EMR.  I haven't looked at prices other EMRs because as a solo practice, it was so economical to use PF.  Any suggestions from the forum on other free or low cost options for EMRs for a small practice would be greatly appreciated.

Cindy Go, MD PhD
Lemont ENT, SC
Lemont, IL
solo since 2013

Cindy Go

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