Coronavirus Resources & Information

As news of the coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – continues to develop, Blue & Co. wants to provide this information for you in one convenient location. We hope this will help keep you, your organization, and your clients safe and healthy. Have questions about how these changes affect your tax planning or business operations? Contact your local Blue & Co. tax advisor.

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House Passes Bill to Provide Coronavirus Relief; Senate Expected to Act this Week

Coronavirus Relief Bill: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

This article was originally published on March 17th and is being updated as new information becomes available. Please note this article is intended to address some of the most common questions we are receiving from clients and is not intended to cover the provisions of the Act fully. The U.S. Department of Labor has developed […]

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The CARES Act: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program vs. Paycheck Protection Program (P3)

On Friday, March 27, the President signed and enacted into law the Federal stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 virus, known as the CARES Act. Many key provisions in the Act benefit small businesses and nonprofit agencies, including the small business loan programs administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), like the Economic […]

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Tax Filing Deadline Reminder to Non-Profit Organizations

Tax Filing Deadlines Are Not Extended For Most Non-Profit Organizations

While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) postponed the tax deadline for individuals and corporations and allowed deferral of tax payments, this same relief was not extended to tax-exempt organizations.  According to the IRS Notice 2020-18 issued by the IRS, “No extension is provided in this notice for the payment or deposit of any other type […]

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COVID-19 Update_ General Considerations for Clients

COVID-19 Update: General Considerations for Clients

This article was originally published on March 25th and is being updated as new information becomes available. We created this Q&A as a general, high-level guide for our clients on common business items relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be continually updating when new information becomes available. What general advice are you giving to clients? There’s […]

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The CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On Friday, March 27, the President signed and enacted into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be the third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, […]

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Covid-19 Relief_ Information for 401(k) and Retirement Plans

COVID-19 Relief: Information for 401(k) and Retirement Plans

by Mickie Murphy, Blue Benefits Consulting While Congress irons out the details of the draft CARES Act, which includes some COVID-19 relief for retirement plans, we have answers to questions employers are asking about their plans right now. Changes to Plan Contributions Can employees stop their deferral contributions? Employees may stop contributing to their 401(k) […]

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Kentucky & Louisville Income Tax Return Filing Date Extended to July 15

Kentucky & Louisville Income Tax Return Filing Date Extended to July 15

Last night, March 22, at the direction of Governor Beshear, the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced they would adopt most of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) income tax relief described in recent Internal Revenue Service Notice 2020-18. This includes: Extending the 2019 Kentucky income tax return filing due date from April 15, 2020 to July […]

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COVID-19 Relief: Tax Filing Deadline & Payment Extension

This article was originally published on March 17th and is being updated as new information becomes available. Tax Deadline Extension Announced by Treasury Secretary & IRS This morning, Friday, March 20, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, announced on Twitter that the upcoming April 15th tax deadline will be postponed until July 15th. All individuals and corporations […]

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COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 Relief & Operations FAQs

This article was originally published on March 18th and is being updated as new information becomes available. Amidst the uncertain environment due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we created this FAQ page to help our clients and friends of the firm stay current on matters that affect their businesses, employees, and their own finances. This page will […]

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DWD to host statewide unemployment insurance webinars for Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19

Indiana DWD Statewide Unemployment Insurance Webinars Announced for Those Impacted by COVID-19

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute […]

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Update: Distilleries Approved to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Update: Distilleries Approved to Produce Hand Sanitizer

You’ve heard it over and over, probably one hundred times in the last week alone. “Wash your hands” is the repeated message conveyed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitizer has become a critical commodity in helping to […]

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Webinars

COVID-19 Relief Impact: Employment Issues & Labor Law Considerations

Webinar: COVID-19 Relief Impact: Employment Issues & Labor Law Considerations

Thursday, April 2nd at 11:30 a.m. EST In this webinar, we will be partnering with Tami Earnhart from Ice Miller, LLP to discuss the employment issues related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and other COVID-19 relief efforts. We will cover the following: General summary of the regulation and its impact including: Paid […]

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Remote working webinar

Webinar: Working Remotely & Securely: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. EST In the current climate, more organizations are being forced into remote work scenarios, whether or not they’re ready. We put together this webinar to discuss best practices and lessons learned to help you be successful in this new environment. We will cover the following topics: Organizational Lessons Learned […]

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Webinar: An Overview of the CARES Act

Wednesday, April 1st & Friday, April 3rd at 11 a.m. EST The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is intended to be the third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed previously and […]

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Healthcare Industry News & Response

Frequently Asked Questions for RHCs and FQHCs During COVID-19

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 and FQHCs to serve as the distant site for telehealth services. This means that the RHC/FQHC provider, located at the RHC/FQHC may provide telehealth visits to a […]

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COVID-19 and the Impact on 340B

COVID-19 and the Impact on 340B

We wanted to provide an update from HRSA on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and the impact on the 340B Program.  The current public health emergency has created circumstances where a covered entity’s COVID-19 response may affect its 340B Program’s compliance and eligibility.  HRSA states that while they cannot waive statutory requirements of the 340B […]

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Outpatient Therapy Options During COVID-19

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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Medicare Cost Report Filing Extension

Medicare Cost Report Filing Extension

On March 24, 2020, multiple Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have announced CMS has extended the due date for cost report filings. The providers covered in this extension include Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Home Health Agencies, and Hospice providers. This extension is a blanket extension, meaning the providers do not need to […]

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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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Delayed Implementation of Required 340B Modifiers_ KY Department of Medicaid Services

Delayed Implementation of Required 340B Modifiers: KY Department of Medicaid Services

We wanted to share an urgent update on the impending billing changes that were scheduled to take effect on 4/1/2020. In a communication we acquired today from Jessin Joseph, Pharmacy Director with KY Department of Medicaid Services, it was announced the Department has made the decision to delay the implementation of the required 340B modifiers […]

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CMS Announces Relief in Response to COVID-19

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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CMS_ COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for SNFs

CMS: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for SNFs

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services issued an updated memo on COVID-19 protocols from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official, David Wright. The memo states: Facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those cases, […]

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Blue & Co. Firm Updates

Blue & Co. Still Operating Under Ohio Stay at Home Order

Blue & Co. Still Operating Under Indiana & Ohio Stay at Home Orders

Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released a “stay at home” order for the state, starting Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m., through 11:59 p.m. on April 6. This order mandates that all Hoosiers stay in their homes for all but essential outings and that all “non-essential” businesses close. Yesterday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine released a […]

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Instructions for Uploading Documents Securely

Instructions for Uploading Documents Securely

As the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we wanted to make all clients aware of the options available to them when it comes to submitting documents. In an effort to protect our employees, clients, vendors, and visitors, we have closed our offices to non-employees, following protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Coronavirus Update: Blue & Co. Operations

As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we wanted to let you, our valued clients and friends of the firm, know that Blue & Co. is actively monitoring the situation, along with our business communities. As such, the health and safety of our team, clients, and the friends of our firm is […]

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