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Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 3:30–5 p.m
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The Link:  Practical Insight for Long-Term Care & Senior Living Providers

How will you achieve success? As owners and administrators of long-term care (LTC) and senior living providers, you have experienced more than your fair share of market-driven and government-mandated changes. We understand. Our advisors have experienced them right along with you. We apply our broad spectrum of expertise to help facilities like yours succeed in an ever-changing environment. Add a personal, interactive and attentive service style, and you’ll begin to understand what our experience can help you achieve.

Preliminary Testing Audits of PBJ Data

Jessica Cullen - June 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a pilot testing program to audit Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data. Granite Dolphin and Myers and Stauffer audit teams are focused on examining payroll records and other auditable data to identify if staffing is accurately reported based on paid hours. Read More

CMS Extends SNF QRP Submission Deadline

Suzy Harvey - May 2017

On May 12, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that “due to extenuating circumstances,” the reporting deadline for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) payment determination has been extended from May 15, 2017, to June 1, 2017. Read More

Protecting Your Organization from Ransomware Attacks

Jan Hertzberg - May 2017

Ransomware is a form of malware that targets your critical data and systems for the purpose of extortion. Read More

Fine Tuning: Developing a Robust Financial Statement Review Process

Juli Pascoe - May 2017

In observing successful senior living organizations nationwide, we’ve noticed many common threads in how they run their businesses. Read More

PBJ Data Submission Can Affect Star Rating

Suzy Harvey - April 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stated approximately 91 percent of long-term care (LTC) providers submitted Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) staffing data by the February 14, 2017, deadline. Read More

Administrative Law Judge Request Form Changes

Suzy Harvey - April 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, Medicare replaced form, “Request for Medicare Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge - CMS-20034 A/B,” with, “Request for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing or Review of Dismissal - OMHA-100.” Read More

Changes to 2017 Part B Rates & New System Edits

Julie Bilyeu - April 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made changes to the relative value files affecting 2017 Medicare Part B fee schedules. Read More

Medicare Certification Process – Setting the Stage for Success

Suzy Harvey - March 2017

According to a 2015 Comprehensive Error Rate Testing report recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the denial rate for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) increased from 6.9 percent to 11 percent due to missing or incomplete certification/recertification. Read More

SNF ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding Perils

Leslie Finnerty - March 2017

Despite the International Statistical Classification of Diseases 10th revision (ICD-10) diagnosis coding’s October 2015 implementation, some skilled nursing facility (SNF) providers struggle with capturing accurate information to reflect post-acute care. Diagnosis coding comes with perils but is key to reflecting the care needed to support services billed. Read More

Meeting New Requirements for Care Providers

Carol Smith - March 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled regulations a few months before the first official survey due date of November 28, 2016. A main focus of the mandates is for facilities to offer person-centered care with more emphasis on a facility’s Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program. Read More

Second PBJ Submission Date Fast Approaching

Suzy Harvey - February 2017

February 14, 2017, is the second Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) submission’s final date for all long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring quarterly staffing and census data to be submitted as of July 1, 2016. Read More

How to Decode Accounts Receivable Aging

Jessica Cullen - January 2017

In the long-term care industry, it’s imperative organizations constantly monitor the accounts receivable aging (the aging) and follow up on past due accounts. If the aging isn’t appropriately reviewed and analyzed, accounts can become uncollectible, which strains the organization’s cash flows and ability to fund daily operations. Read More

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Annual Tax Update & Form 990 Changes

Presenters:  Aaron Hershberger – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

With ever-evolving tax law changes and recent Form 990 updates, is your organization prepared? Join BKD tax advisors for valuable information on a number of topics, including recent tax developments and how they can affect not-for-profit organizations, health care providers and colleges and universities. Read More

Quality Measures:  Are Your Stars Aligned?

Presenters:  Sherri Robbins & Suzy Harvey – Thursday, March 16, 2017

This complimentary webinar will provide attendees with an overview of quality measures—and the growing importance placed on these metrics. Read More

Long-Term Care Services

BKD National Health Care Group serves approximately 1,600 long-term care and senior living providers nationwide, including skilled nursing facilities and approximately 50 continuing care retirement communities, some of which are the largest in the country. Our approximately 500 dedicated health care professionals have the expertise and commitment to help your organization improve performance and enhance the value of the professional services you receive.

BKD National Health Care Group provides services related to:

  • Audit Services – Our auditors can advise you on how your financial statements comply with accounting rules and help you strengthen internal controls, address management concerns and improve operating efficiencies.
  • Cost Report & Reimbursement Services – BKD National Health Care Group prepares approximately 3,000 Medicare and Medicaid cost reports annually, including more than 1,600 skilled nursing and long-term care facility reports, making us one of the largest providers in the country.
  • Billing Services – BKD Health Care Billing Services, a special division of BKD National Health Care Group, helps clients manage more than $60 million in revenues for health care providers. Our solutions include outsourcing, accounts receivable recovery, operations assessments, compliance assessments and training.
  • Clinical & Operational Consulting – We offer operational assessments, Medicare PPS assessments and Medicare management training services, corporate integrity services, organizational supervisory training and staffing analysis, strategic planning and other services to help your organization.
  • Taxation – Exempt and for-profit health care organizations alike often face unique and complex tax questions. BKD National Health Care Group provides a variety of services to help your organization make sense of dynamic tax laws.

Learn more

SNF ICD-10 Checklist

Fine Tuning Checklist

Decoding Accounts Receivable

Physician Certification and Recertification Form

2017 BKD Financial Review Worksheet

Meet Us

Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) 2017 Long Term Care Convention & Expo
Columbus, OH
May 2-4, 2017
"SNF Quality Reporting“ presented by Senior Managing Consultant Deborah Lake, Tuesday, May 2, 8:30–9:30 a.m. Stop by BKD Booth #738 and visit with members of our long-term health care team. View the OHCA program here or contact Marjorie Hull at 513.621.8300 or

2017 AANAC Annual Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
May 3 –5, 2017
Learn more about the event here. Don’t miss the session, “Putting Together the Pieces of Puzzling MDS Billing Issues,” on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 3:30–5 p.m. BKD presenters are Director Julie Bilyeu and Managing Consultant Sherri Robbins. To schedule a time to meet our team at the conference, contact Amy Knightley at 417.831.7283 or

LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit
Washington, D.C.
March 19 –22, 2017
Learn more about the event here. To schedule a time to meet our team at the conference, contact Amy Knightley at 417.831.7283 or

2017 AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention & Expo
Las Vegas, NV
October 15-18, 2017
Learn more about the event here. To schedule a time to meet our team at the conference, contact Amy Knightley at 417.831.7283 or

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