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Proposed Updates to Medicare Bad Debt Listing Template

Recently there have been conversations around the potential new template from CMS that will be used for the Medicare Bad Debt listing that is filed with your organization’s cost report. As of July 2022, this new template is still in the proposed stage, and Medicare is accepting comments. You do not have to use this new […]

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Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

By Amy Sandlin, CPA, Tax Senior Manager The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the Act) passed in the Senate on Sunday, August 7, 2022, and is headed to the Democrat-controlled House where it is expected to pass on Friday, August 12. Experts expect this to be on President Biden’s desk by early next week. If […]

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Creating a Financial Denial Prevention and Management Plan for Outpatient Therapy

Every hospital department deals with financial denials. Understanding the volumes of those denials for your outpatient therapy department can improve the net revenue of the department. A financial denial is when an insurance company or carrier refuses to pay for the healthcare services the individual receives. Within an outpatient therapy department, the level of denials […]

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Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund

By: Allen Norvell, CPA, Director The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet has announced the application portal for the Nonprofit Assistance Fund will start accepting online applications beginning at 9:00 am EDT on Monday, August 1, 2022. The Nonprofit Assistance Fund was created to provide one-time assistance payments to eligible nonprofit organizations that experienced net negative revenue […]

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340B Hospitals Impacted by Supreme Court Decision

In June, the Supreme Court gave hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program a convincing victory ruling unanimously that the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should not have reduced reimbursement for covered outpatient prescription drugs purchased by those hospitals. 340B Hospitals Challenge Payment Rates Hospitals challenged the 2018 and 2019 payment […]

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SAS No. 136 and Employee Benefit Plans: What is a Reportable Finding?

SAS No. 136 and Employee Benefit Plans: What is a Reportable Finding? Plan management and plan sponsor personnel have likely heard from their auditors about auditing standard changes impacting their ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) audits for the Plan year ending December 31, 2021. These changes primarily result from the implementation of […]

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Five-Star Quality Rating System: Changes Your Nursing Facility Needs to Know

On July 7, 2022 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating Technical Users’ Guide with the methodology for the changes to the Staffing Rating and the Overall Quality Rating. Here is what your facility needs to know. Changes to the Staffing Rating CMS is basing the […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Lessons Learned

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sir Winston Churchill This is our fifth and final article in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. As a reminder, the concept of Incident […]

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Extension to Make Portability Elections

By: Derek Gray, CPA, Director On July 8, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2022-32, now extending the time to make portability elections to five years. What is a Portability Election? A timely filed portability election allows for a widow/widower, here referred to as a surviving spouse, to utilize their deceased spouse’s unused […]

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Period 3 Reporting Now Open: PRF Update

Reporting on Provider Relief Funds for Period 3 opened on July 1, 2022 and runs through September 30, 2022. Period 3 reporting is for any PRF payments you may have received between January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. Compared to Period 1 and Period 2, there were very limited payments made by HRSA in […]

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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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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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R&E Expense Amortization

By: Desi Burton, Manager The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law in late 2017, was the most comprehensive update to the U.S. tax code in over 30 years. The TCJA was generally viewed as extremely favorable to many taxpayers, resulting in significant reductions in business and individual tax rates. In exchange for […]

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Transparency and Advocacy in Patient Responsibility

How Transparency and Patient Advocacy Can Reduce Your Hospital’s Bad Debt

In 2019 patient medical debt in the U.S. totaled at least $195 billion, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues. This is a massive figure and should be looked at as an opportunity for healthcare organizations. A survey conducted by Kaufman Hall in August 2020 […]

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Webinars

On-Demand Webinar: Myths and Facts of Commercial Loan Reviews

Download Webinar Resources On April 6, Blue & Co. held a webinar entitled Myths and Facts of Commercial Loan Reviews. Panelists debunked common loan review myths and presented the facts and practical tips and lessons learned related to commercial loan review. Duration: 1 Hour CPE not available Download Presentation Here Watch a Recording of the […]

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Webinar: A Guide to the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return for Manufacturers

You’re Invited Join Blue & Co. on Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00 PM EST for a webinar entitled A Guide to the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return for Manufacturers. This presentation will walk through the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return and identify common preparation errors & potential tax savings opportunities. Duration: 1 hr. CPE Credit: […]

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Webinar: Tax Reform – What Does it Mean for You and Your Distillery?

You’re Invited! Join Blue & Co. and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) on Thursday, December 9 at 10:00 AM EST for a webinar entitled Tax Reform: What does it mean for you and your distillery? Presented by the Beverage Services Group at Blue & Co., LLC., this session will discuss the potential tax outlook for distilleries […]

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On-Demand Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate in the Workplace

President Biden’s administration recently announced its Path Out of the Pandemic action plan which included specific guidance around a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The action plan calls for employers with 100 or more employees to require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly tests, as well as requiring vaccinations for federal employees, contractors, and hospitals […]

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COVID Vaccine Mandates & Your Organization Webinar

Join Us! Join Blue & Co., Current HR, and DBL Law on November 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST for a webinar covering the new COVID vaccine mandates and what it means for your ogranization. President Biden’s administration recently announced its Path Out of the Pandemic action plan. The action plan calls for […]

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Join us for the Construction Summit!

You’re Invited Join us virtually for the 2nd Annual Construction Industry Summit on Thursday, October 21 from 9:00 AM – Noon.  Sessions to look forward to: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anirban Basu will supply economic analysis of the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and also provide a forecast for the post-pandemic world. Dr. Basu is the Chairman & CEO […]

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