CAH CFO-Administrator Forum: Navigating the Revenue Maze: Proven Reimbursement Tactics for Critical Access Hospitals

On April 9, 2024, EqualizeRCM sponsored a forum for CFOs and CEOs of community hospitals, with Caren Puvlowski, CHFP, Rural Healthcare Reimbursement Manager at The Rybar Group, an expert in Critical Access Hospital and PPS reimbursement. Caren reviewed Critical Access Hospital revenue optimization and Medicare Cost Reporting strategies during, “Navigating the Revenue Maze: Proven Reimbursement Tactics for Critical Access Hospitals.”


On April 9, 2024, Caren Puvlowski, CHFP, Rural Healthcare Reimbursement Manager at The Rybar, presented “Navigating the Revenue Maze: Proven Reimbursement Tactics for Critical Access Hospitals.” Caren covered strategies for optimizing cost-based reimbursement, payer strategies, Medicare Cost Report opportunities, including square footage, how pricing affects your cost-to-charge ratio, when it makes sense to have a Cost Report payable versus receivable status, under what conditions should you consider reopening a prior year Cost Report, and much more. Participants were excited to obtain detailed recommendations from Caren on how to maximize their cost-based reimbursement through a better understanding of the Cost Report.

The 90-minute Forum discussion was facilitated by Forum Moderator Chris Ekrem, FACHE, VP of Hospitals at EqualizeRCM.

EqualizeRCM is pleased to sponsor another relevant educational session with expert speakers for rural hospital administrators and CFOs. The 4/9/24 Forum focused on the following:

How to facilitate decision-making through Cost Report modeling, the role of Medicare Advantage reimbursement and how it affects swing bed reimbursement, when to reopen a prior year Cost Report, minimizing A&G square footage and maximizing clinical square footage by department, payer strategies, tools/resources for CAHs, the benefit of a charge capture review by department, A-8-2 provider vs. professional time strategies, and much more. We hope you can join us at the next CAH Forum this December summer to learn from experts and your peers about the challenges facing the industry. Be sure to visit www.CAHForum.com to learn more.

A written summary of the 4/9/24 CAH Forum is available by contacting Chris Ekrem at Chris.Ekrem@CAHForum.com.


Be sure and visit us online at www.CAHForum.com to learn more about future educational events. Also, visit us on our LinkedIn page at www.LinkedIn.com/company/CAH-CFO-Administrator-Forum to stay connected with your professional peers.

The CAH CFO-Administrator Forum, is organized by EqualizeRCM, a leading proponent for Community Health organizations. The CAH Forum seeks to provide Financial Administrators of rural health facilities an opportunity to participate in focused events, share insightful ideas, discuss challenges and solutions, but most importantly collaborate and communicate with like-minded professionals in the industry. Learn more by visiting www.CAHForum.com or contacting Chris.Ekrem@CAHForum.com.

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