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Insurance Verification and Authorization within Outpatient Therapy

Healthcare organizations need to pay attention to the amount of time it takes patients to get insurance verification and authorization completed. If the process takes too long, patients will seek treatment at other facilities even if they were referred to your organization. Insurance Verification and Authorization Benchmark Notwithstanding patient choice, outpatient therapy providers should be […]

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Treasury Report targeted at Competition in the Beverage Industry

By: Zach Mattingly, CPA, Manager and Derek Gray, CPA, Director In early February, the U.S. Treasury Department released a 63-page report titled, Competition in the Markets for Beer, Wine, and Spirits, targeted at changes in the market for beer, wine, and spirits. The recommendations outlined in the report are part of a larger effort aimed […]

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Facing Historic Inflation: Is it Time to Consider LIFO?

In April 2021, one year into the COVID-19 global pandemic, the US economy is flush with cash and investors/business owners are looking to deploy resources and grow their businesses, and demand for product input is growing. At the same time, the economy faces a major supply chain disruption largely due to a contraction in the […]

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Unveiling Nonprofit Liquidity

By: Ryan Adams, CPA, Manager Before nonprofit organizations were required to implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, uncovering the amount of assets that were both liquid and available from an organization’s financial statements was often an insurmountable task. While it was true that one could ascertain the amount […]

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Technical Users’ Guide for the Care Compare Nursing Home Updates

On January 14, 2022, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Technical Users’ Guide for the Care Compare Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System. While this information will be publicly reported starting in January, it will not be used in the Five-Star Quality Rating System until July 2022. Here is what you need to […]

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2021 Annual Report to Congress Released by IRS Taxpayer Advocate Office

By: Sara Jacobi, CPA CEPA Director Still waiting for your 2021 Federal tax refund? Tried calling the IRS, only to wait on hold for two hours without talking to anyone? Sent correspondence to the IRS to resolve a notice, only to continue to receive collection notices? If one or more of these items apply to […]

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Tax Relief for Natural Disasters – What to Consider

By: Emily Elliott, and Amy Sandlin, CPA When a natural disaster wreaks havoc on your business or home, taxes might be the last thing on your mind, but they may be worth thinking about. In many cases, the IRS provides disaster victim tax relief that can allow you to extend your filing date and payment […]

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Accurate Revenue Reporting Consideration Topics for Nonprofits

By: Jason Terwilliger, CPA, CIA, Manager Communication is a cornerstone of any effective team of individuals working together to achieve common goals. This is especially true for the accounting and development departments in nonprofit organizations. When it comes to accurately reporting on an organization’s financial position, both accounting and development have important roles. Development staff […]

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2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Highlights

Do you know that CMS is making significant changes to split/share and critical care services in 2022? Are your providers aware of the changes? Are they prepared to modify the documentation of these services? Are your coders prepared to report the required modifier? On November 2, 2021, CMS released the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final […]

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Consolidation Among Not-for-Profits – Common Misconceptions

By: Rick Shields, CPA, CFE, Principal Not-for-profit (NFP) organizations often operate in an environment of affiliates with the assumption that all entities are part of one overall unit. This may be correct, however, as with many aspects of accounting, it is not as simple as it may seem on the surface. Below is an introductory […]

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Indiana Sales Tax Changes for Nonprofits

By: Angela Crawford, CPA, Senior Manager The recently enacted Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 382 (2022) makes significant changes in the way not-for-profit organizations purchase and sell items exempt from sales tax. Sales tax information Bulletin 10 has been revised to reflect these changes. While sales tax-specific changes are detailed within the bulletin, here are the […]

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Facility Emergency Department Leveling | Stethoscope laying on top of financial reports | Blue & Co., LLC

Is Your Current Facility Emergency Department Leveling Process Working?

Blue & Co. has performed many Emergency Department Leveling Reviews for hospitals. The two most utilized leveling criteria are “points-based” or “intervention-based.” In either case, each hospital must determine which facility resources (or attributes) to include within its criteria, and how these resources crosswalk into ED visit levels (99281-99285). This can create significant reimbursement differences […]

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Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry

Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Cybersecurity for the construction industry is a growing challenge. The industry is moving towards digital connectivity, not only across the supply chain, but also ‘on site’ as more metrics related to performance, progress, and health & safety are monitored in ‘real time’. This increase in connectivity […]

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