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OMB COVID-19 Memorandum Summary

OMB COVID-19 Memorandum Summary (M-20-17)

We wanted to provide an update on the recent memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget, which provides agencies with additional flexibilities for recipients affected by the loss of […]

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COVID-19 - Important Coding Updates

COVID-19: Important Coding Updates

This article is being updated as new information becomes available. It was originally published on April 3rd and was most recently updated on May 1st with additions to the Specimen […]

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Occupational Mix Survey Deadline Extended

Occupational Mix Survey Deadline Extended

CMS has granted an extension for hospitals nationwide to file their Occupational Mix Surveys (OMS). The original due date of July 1, 2020, has been extended to August 3, 2020. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Telehealth waiver

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 […]

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Cost Reduction in Healthcare: Your employees can facilitate the solution

Cost Reduction in Healthcare: Your employees can facilitate the solution

The basic core philosophy of healthcare reform is to reduce costs and improve quality. The emergence of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Bundled Payment regulations are two relevant examples of […]

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Top 5 501(r) Misses to Avoid

Top 5 501(r) Misses to Avoid

With the final 501(r) regulations released on December 29, 2014, one would think that every tax-exempt hospital should be fully compliant with these regulations by now. However, the IRS continues […]

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2020 CY OPPS Final Rule

2020 CY OPPS Final Rule

Reductions to 340B Payments and Certain Provider-Based Departments and a Delay on Pricing Transparency Rules This past weekend, CMS released the final rule for CY 2020 Outpatient Prospective System (OPPS) […]

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Are Patient Records Safer Now Than Before HIPAA Became Law

Are Patient Records Safer Now Than Before HIPAA Became Law?

Since HIPAA was originally signed into law in 1996, it has seen five major changes, each intended to make patient information “more safe.” Recently, some clients have been asking us […]

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Reminder of the New Required Documentation for Cost Reports: Med Learn Matters SE19015

Reminder of the New Required Documentation for Cost Reports: Med Learn Matters SE19015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Med Learn Matters SE19015 that reminds hospitals of the new requirement to provide supporting documentation on filed cost reports. The […]

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Revenue Recognition (ASC 606) for Healthcare Entities

Revenue Recognition (ASC 606) for Healthcare Entities

Update published on June 5, 2020: FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective Dates for Certain Entities, as part of […]

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Power of Data now unleashed by CMS pilot program_ Data at the Point of Care (DPC)

Power of Data now unleashed by CMS pilot program: Data at the Point of Care (DPC)

On July 30, 2019, CMS announced the Data at the Point of Care (DPC) pilot program. DPC will give clinicians that are participating in the pilot program access to claims […]

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The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit - Getting to Benchmark is a Win-Win

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit – Getting to Benchmark is a Win-Win

What if you began receiving information that described new benefits under your insurance plan that are “free to you.” For example, you receive notice that your insurance company wants you […]

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CMS Update July 2019

CMS Update July 16, 2019

On July 16, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Proposed Rule to reform the Medicare and Medicaid long-term care requirements that would provide changes and delay […]

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Webinars

Wage Index Timeline: Mid-Year Update and Looking into 2025

As we head into the second half of the 2024 calendar year and the start of 2025, there are a few major dates that you need to be aware of […]

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CMS 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Update

Every year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes their annual Final Rule, which contains updates to the Physician Fee Schedule that impact what healthcare organizations are reimbursed […]

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Understanding Duplicate Payments and how to Prevent Them

Duplicate payments happen when a company pays the same invoice or for the same product or service more than once. According to the Association for Financial Professionals, duplicate payments average […]

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Swing Bed Utilization: Optimizing for Hospitals

A well-managed swing bed program is essential to a critical access hospital. This program can improve patient outcomes and provide additional reimbursement opportunities creating a “win-win” for the patient and […]

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Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessment and Your Strategic Plan

A community health assessment (CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (CHNA), refers to a state, tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues […]

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QuickBooks Practices to Make Tax Season a Breeze

By Theresa Wilson, Accounting Specialist at Blue & Co. As the new year kicks off, so begins another tax season for many businesses. Instead of scrambling to prepare this year, […]

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