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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

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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 Will Medicaid Expansion be repealed?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. 

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Why are rural hospitals closing? How many rural hospitals have closed?

Apr 1, 2019 7:08:00 AM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in Medicaid

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A whopping 21% of rural hospitals in the US are on the verge of closing, according to a 2019 report by Navigant. That's 430 rural hospitals across the country that are on the brink of closure. So, why are rural hospitals closing? They're closing because of declining populations in rural areas. As more people move to larger cities, fewer people go to rural hospitals, the number of Americans covered by government health plans has gone up and government reimbursement rates are low, resulting in the hospitals losing money. After losing money long enough, the hospitals close.

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Increase Your Revenue 10% By Looking for Medicaid Eligibles in Your Self-Pay

Mar 5, 2019 1:45:55 PM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in Billing Solutions, medicaid eligible, medicaid eligibility

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Finding Patients with Insurance Who Are Medicaid Eligible

Medicaid eligibility can be a huge source of untapped reimbursements for providers of every size. By identifying patients who presented as self-pay but are actually Medicaid eligible, providers can grow their revenue by up to 10% annually, according to a study byTransUnion.

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Is your center ready for a spike in uninsured patients? Medicaid Work Requirements, Immigration and ACA changes are coming

Feb 6, 2019 1:02:02 PM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in FQHC, RetroPay, Revenue Cycle Management, Medicaid, Medical Billing Service, Billing Solutions

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The Trump administration couldn’t abolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it did make significant changes to it and work requirements for Medicaid likely to reduce the availability of coverage or discourage enrollment. So, after years of declining uninsured rates, the U.S. saw coverage gains stall--and for some groups, even drop. That’s a key takeaway from The Uninsured and the ACA: A Primer, a 2019 report from the  Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). It provides information on how insurance has changed under the ACA, how many people remain uninsured, who they are and why they lack health coverage. We’re taking a look at what this means for our clients--and how Altruis can help.

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How the Right Technology Helps with Behavioral Health Diagnosis

Dec 11, 2018 2:27:33 PM / by Chris Caspar, CEO posted in Behavioral Health, medicare chronic care management, PreValuate, behavioral health assessments, Chronic Care Management, Medicaid, Medical Billing Service, Billing Solutions, CMS, HRSA

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The gradually maturing discipline of affective neuroscience is beginning to showcase emotion as much more than a simple reaction to stimuli. Biologists are beginning to accurately predict behavioral states from emotional databanks. Psychologists are collaborating with technologists and neurologists to define a new wave of behavioral health studies, and the results may affect us sooner than we think.

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