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Cybersecurity

On Demand Webinar: Cybersecurity: 5 Action Steps to Protect Your Practice

Join Medical Marketing Whiz and Tom Skoog of Blue & Co., as they discuss Cybersecurity: 5 Action Steps to Protect Your Practice. A lack of focus on cybersecurity can be greatly damaging to a practice. The direct economic impact such as attacks, theft of private information, disruption to business, and repairing affected systems can be […]

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On Demand Webinar: Protecting Your Cash Flow

Join Medical Marketing Whiz and David Sproule of Blue & Co., as they discuss Tips for Keeping & Increasing Cash Flow of Your Practice. You’re going to learn: What you can do today to help you through the Covid-19 pandemic Find out if you’re making the major financial mistake that will destroy your practice Discover […]

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AWV Webinar

On Demand Webinar: The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Moving Toward Benchmark

Since the initiation of Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs) in 2011, many health systems have attempted to increase the volume of these preventative visits for their Medicare and Medicare Advantage patients. Unfortunately, many systems have not taken the time or deployed adequate resources to effectively overcome the many barriers to an effective AWV program. In this […]

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CMS Attempting to Clarify Some of the Regulations Around Medicare Bad Debt

CMS Attempting to Clarify Regulations Around Medicare Bad Debt 

Have you recently received Medicare bad debt audit adjustments that you felt were unfair? If so, you are not alone. MACs (Medicare Administrative Contractors) have been tightening their auditing standards and practices surrounding Medicare bad debt listings for years. Regulations have been interpreted and enforced differently by MACs, thus causing inconsistent audit standards. Being held to auditing standards […]

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CMS ends staffing waiver

CMS has ended the waiver of Staffing Data

Effective Immediately: the CMS has made updates to the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five Star Quality Rating System. Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket waiver, CMS waived the requirements for submitting staffing data to the Payroll-Based Journal database (PBJ). CMS is ending this waiver and facilities are required to resume submission of staffing data […]

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HRSA Now Allows Accelerated Timelines for Offsite Locations

HRSA Now Allows Accelerated Timelines for Offsite Locations

HRSA has indicated it will allow a hospital to accelerate timelines for its offsite locations to begin participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program. Previously, offsite locations were required to be reimbursable on a hospital’s most recently filed Medicare cost report and then registered with HRSA before patients seen at the offsite location could be […]

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Deferral of Revenue Recognition and Leases

Deferral of Revenue Recognition and Leases

This article was originally published with updates to FASB updates on December 10, 2019 and was most recently updated on June 5th. It is being updated as new information becomes available. On June 3, 2020, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective […]

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Physician’s Guide Practice Post-COVID-19 Recovery

On-Demand Webinar: The Path to Recovery – A Physician’s Guide to “Healing” Their Practice Post-COVID-19

Just as COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the health and well-being of patients across the globe, so too has the virus had a wide-spread, crippling impact on our health system and providers. One side-effect of the unprecedented response to limit the spread and morbidity of the pandemic has been a sudden and steep decrease in […]

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Physician Compensation_ Pre- and Post-Pandemic Trends

On-Demand Webinar: Physician Compensation: Pre- and Post-Pandemic Trends

In this webinar, Jeff Moffatt and Dustin Brown will be discussing what impact COVID-19 has and will continue to have on physician and hospital relationships, including recruiting, retention, compensation, productivity, and compliance with the various laws and regulations set by the federal government. Duration: 1 hour This webinar is free to attend. Speakers: Jeff Moffatt, […]

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SNF Proposed Payment and Policy Changes for FY 2021

SNF Proposed Payment and Policy Changes for FY 2021

On April 10, CMS issued a proposed rule [CMS-1737-P] for FY 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the quality programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). This proposed rule is part of CMS’s continuing efforts to strengthen the Medicare program by better aligning payment rates for these facilities with the costs of providing care […]

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HHS Announces $4.9 Billion Distribution to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

HHS Announces $4.9 Billion Distribution to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

On May 22, CMS announced it has begun distributing billions in relief funds to skilled nursing facilities to combat COVID-19.  This funding is to help nursing homes to address critical needs such as labor, scaling up their testing capacity, PPE and other expenses directly related to the pandemic. Distribution Methodology: Each nursing home will receive […]

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CMS Guideline for Safely Reopening Nursing Homes

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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3.15.20 MDS 3.0 Technical Updates

CMS Releases Updates to MDS 3.0 Technical Information

In response to State Medicaid Agency and stakeholder requests, CMS has updated the MDS 3.0 item sets (version 1.17.2) and related technical data specifications.  These changes will support the calculation of PDPM payment codes on OBRA assessments when not combined with the 5-day SNF PPS assessment, specifically the OBRA comprehensive (NC) and OBRA quarterly (NQ) […]

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Managing Cash Flow Through Uncertainty

Managing Cash Flow Through Uncertainty

Cash flow management is a critical exercise during uncertain times like these and one that is top of mind for every business owner.  It involves managing every aspect of the business that can have an effect on cash inflows or outflows, including focusing on accelerating inflows, prioritizing spending, and overall allocation of valuable resources. Where […]

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OSMA Webinar: How to Lead and Manage Through Change

On-Demand Webinar with OSMA: How to Lead and Manage Through Change for Medical Practices

For this webinar, we partnered with the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). Managing a medical practice has always been difficult. However, during times of uncertainty, effective leadership is paramount. So how do you effectively lead and manage a medical group when the world is turned upside down, every conversation seems difficult and relatively simple decisions […]

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Webinars

Charity Reimbursement

Charity Reimbursement: Protecting it from Audit Scrutiny

There is a new audit trend coming down the pipeline that could impact your charity reimbursement for Medicare bad debt. In the past there was no enforcement of statements being sent to a charity patient before they were deemed indigent. Until a patient has been approved for charity, they are still deemed non-indigent. Auditors are […]

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HIPAA and Covered Entities

Anyone who works in the healthcare industry knows that their organization takes steps to protect patient health information under a series of guidelines known as HIPAA. There are several provisions to HIPAA that require organizations to use Federal guidelines to ensure digital health information is secure. Those provisions include: Privacy Rule Security Rule Enforcement Rule […]

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Rural Health Clinic Payment

Rural Health Clinic Payment Reform

On December 27, 2020 the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 introduced changes to the existing Rural Health Clinic payment structure. Changes to the Rural Health Clinic Payment Structure This legislation introduced the following reforms: Phase-in steady increases in the RHC statutory cap over an eight year period Subjects all new RHCs to the new Medicare […]

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Revenue Improvement

Revenue Improvement Case Study: Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy

Blue & Co. reviewed publicly available information on a 120 bed, non-profit, acute-care hospital. The data suggested there was revenue improvement opportunity in their outpatient physical and occupational therapy departments. The department had approximately 27,000 patient visits the previous year. During an assessment, we co-validated a significant set of revenue improvement opportunities: charge capture improvement, […]

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Patient Experience Competencies

Patient Experience Competencies to Drive Your Consumerism Strategy

The concept of consumerism in healthcare delivery is rooted and shaped in the world of retail services. To keep it simple, patient experience competencies should drive your consumerism strategy. However, it is primarily driven by high deductible health plans, changing technology, shifting patient demographics and value-based care payer contracts, healthcare care consumerism and the experience […]

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Annual Wellness Visit

Annual Wellness Visit: Your Organization Should Care

Beginning 2011, Medicare began covering the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) as a yearly appointment with a primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan at no cost to the beneficiary. This plan may help prevent illness based on current health and risk factors. It is not a routine physical, and an […]

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