Altruis Blog

Chris Caspar, CEO


Recent Posts

How are Rural Health Care Providers Faring with the Recent Uptick in Consolidation?

Aug 12, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in Medicaid, Medicare, RHC, CMS, Rural Access Hospitals, Consolidation, Rural Health

0 Comments

Read More

What is ICD-10 and how do ICD-10 codes work?

Jun 19, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in "icd 10", "icd 10 codes"

0 Comments

What is ICD-10? ICD-10 codes are a powerful tool for community clinics to document and address social determinants of health--but they’re drastically underused. Perhaps because they aren’t fully understood. We’re going to start with the basics... You probably know most of this, but your team may not, so you may want to share this post with them. Then we’ll dive into what’s happening vis-à-vis ICD-10 and social determinants of health.

Read More

Medical billing collection rates: Is gross vs net margin hurting your mission?

Jun 4, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in FQHC, medicare chronic care management, medicare reimbursement, Revenue Cycle Management, Chronic Care Management, Medicare, denials, reducing hospital readmissions

0 Comments

When it comes to medical billing collection rates, we’ve all heard “no margin, no mission.” That’s why you devote so much time to keeping your center afloat. But the reverse is also true: no mission, no margin. If you’re devoting too much time to the billing side of your practice, it’s the patients who suffer.

Read More

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Adjusted re-admission penalties may now be fairer, but they remain potentially devastating to safety-net hospitals

May 7, 2019 2:12:23 PM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in FQHC, medicare chronic care management, medicare reimbursement, Revenue Cycle Management, Chronic Care Management, Medicare, denials, reducing hospital readmissions

0 Comments

Hospital readmission penalties seem to have been working as intended, by driving down 30-
day hospital readmissions and saving Medicare roughly $2.3 billion between 2010 and
2016. The unintended consequence, however, was that hospitals serving the poorest of
the poor were the most frequently penalized. Medicare has made changes to mitigate
that, but safety-net hospitals still struggle with reducing hospital readmissions largely attributable to social determinants of care, and they still risk penalties that could push them over the fiscal
edge. 

Read More

How States and Hospitals Benefit From Medicaid Expansion

Apr 22, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in Behavioral Health, medicare reimbursement, RetroPay, Revenue Cycle Management, Medicaid, News, CMS, HRSA, medicaid eligible, medicaid eligibility

0 Comments

Medicaid expansion has helped safety net clinics stay afloat, reach more patients and reduce uncompensated care. That’s important to remember as the Trump administration again tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and as state and local leaders move ahead with efforts to limit--perhaps even undermine--Medicaid. Will Medicaid Expansion be repealed? If Trump has his way then it certainly will. 

Read More