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RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Funds Disbursement

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 authorized $460 million of additional funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to more than 4,600 eligible RHCs for the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program. This rescue fund will allow RHCs to expand testing efforts and help mitigate the spread of COVID […]

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CMS Guideline for Safely Reopening Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on May 18, 2020, issued guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes nationwide. The purpose of these guidelines per CMS is to give guidance for states to take appropriate and necessary steps to ensure resident’s safety. One main objective of CMS […]

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Hospital Outpatient PT/OT/ST Services Can Now Be Provided via Telehealth

On April 30, 2020, CMS issued a second round of sweeping changes to support the healthcare system during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of these changes is the waiving of limitations on the types of clinical practitioners that can furnish Medicare telehealth services. Prior to this change, only doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certain others […]

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Frequently Asked Questions for RHCs and FQHCs During COVID-19

This article was originally published on March 27th and has been updated as of April 30th. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. Can RHCs and FQHCs bill for telehealth? On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. The CARES Act includes language that does allow RHCs […]

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COVID-19 and the Impact on 340B

This article was originally published on March 25th and was updated on April 23rd. It is being updated as new information becomes available. We wanted to provide updates on the most recent HRSA announcements that could impact your 340B Program during the COVID-19 crisis. 340B Eligibility HRSA recently announced that it “is allowing some entities, […]

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Telehealth Guidance for RHCs and FQHCs

On Friday, April 17, 2020, CMS finally released guidance for RHCs and FQHCs in terms of telehealth distant site services. Below is a snapshot of the information released in the MLN Matters Article. A link to the full release can be found here. The guidance from CMS will apply to claims dating back to January […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Navigating the Healthcare Legislative Landscape due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this webinar, we are addressing how healthcare providers can navigate coronavirus response legislation and continue to be successful in serving patients. We will cover topics including: Legislative Highlights Healthcare Implications (including Telehealth) Reimbursement & Regulatory Issues Cash Flow & Access to Capital Duration: 1 Hour Speakers: Mike Alessandrini, Director Derek Gray, Director Tony Javorka, […]

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Outpatient Therapy Options During COVID-19

COVID-19 is creating a dip in outpatient therapy appointments … and revenues.  However, due to recent regulatory waivers announced by CMS, hospitals have a unique opportunity to provide therapy services within the patient’s home. The following two options should be considered: Option 1: E-Visits The CMS has recently clarified that e-visit services are reimbursable by […]

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Expansion of Telehealth with 1135 Waiver

Under this new waiver, Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country, including in patients’ places of residence, starting March 6, 2020. A range of providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, will be able to offer telehealth to their patients.  Additionally, […]

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CMS Announces Relief from the Quality Reporting Program in Response to COVID-19

On March 22, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. This applies to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)  Quality Reporting Program (QRP) […]

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Blue & Co., LLC Announces New Partnership With Vsimple | Vsimple and Blue and Co logo

Blue & Co., LLC Announces New Partnership With Vsimple

CARMEL, Ind. (May 5, 2022) – Blue & Co., LLC is excited to announce our new partnership with Vsimple, a workflow management software company based in New Albany, IN.  Blue & Co and Vsimple will be working closely together to address the workflow and process improvement challenges of manufacturers throughout the Midwest. “At Blue & […]

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Proposed Rule FY 2023 for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Proposed Rule FY 2023 for Skilled Nursing Facilities

It is that time of year again! The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for the fiscal year (FY) 2023’s Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) was implemented on October 1, 2019. This […]

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Coverage Scheduling Solutions for Physician Practices and Hospital Systems

Scheduling Solutions for Clinician Work-Life Balance

One of the most challenging conversations in any multi-physician practice or specialty-based hospital employed group is about how to create a fair distribution of on-call and/or inpatient hospital service coverage while balancing the duties of an outpatient practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to clinician burnout, and physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) place significant […]

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