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Published for ACA healthcare collection agencies to provide current industry information for healthcare providers

September 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 9

  • If you’re using caller ID blocking, you should be aware of potential compliance concerns that may arise under federal case law
  • FCC Holds Inaugural Hospital Robocall Protection Group Meeting
  • Transforming Payment Structures for the Health Care Industry

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August 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 8

  • Currently, almost 30 states have enacted some level of surprise billing protection, with other states considering similar legislation
  • Survey Says: ARM Industry Returns $90.1 Billion to the Economy
  • Early Out vs. Bad Debt Collections

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July 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 7

  • Fax to Consumer’s Attorney Not Actionable under the FDCPA
  • Almost One- Third of Respondents Reported Falling Behind on Monthly Bills
  • Access to Rural Health Care Viewed as Troublesome by Likely Voters

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June 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 6

  • ACA SearchPoint provides information on state laws concerning community property.
  • Hospitals Receiving CARES Money Banned from Surprise Billing on COVID-19 Cases
  • Physician Practice Patterns Changing As a Result of COVID-19
  • Two of Five People with Jobs Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Also Are Experiencing Health Insurance Insecurity

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May 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 5

  • When was the last time you reviewed your compliance procedures related to 501(r)?
  • U.S. Chamber Publishes COVID-19 Loan Guide to Help Small Businesses
  • New Medical Debt Collection Bill on the Books in Idaho

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April 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 4

  • Health Care Billing Practices – What’s New and What You Need to Know
  • 19 Rural Hospitals Shut Down in 2019 Marking Worst Year of Closures
  • Legal Corner – Court Sides with Industry

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March 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 3

  • What Happens in California Doesn’t Always Stay in California
  • HHS Resolves about 99% HIPAA-Related Complaints
  • From 2007 to 2015, the number of beneficiaries ages 65 to 69 increased more than any other age group as baby boomers joined Medicare.

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February 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 2

  • Congress Eyes Medical Debt in New Legislation
  • Trump Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Price Transparency
  • Financial Consequences of Serious Illness for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2018

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January 2020 - Vol. 36 No. 1

  • Health Care M&A: What is the Future for the ARM Industry
  • After 15 Years, New Federal Overtime Rule Advances Salary Thresholds
  • Data Watch: U.S. Health Care Sector Revenue

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December 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 12

  • States Step Up to Resolve the Surprise Billing Issue—But, is it enough?
  • Court Dismisses TCPA Violation on Text Messages Reportedly Sent Using ATDS
  • Health Care M&A Volume Declines in Q3

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November 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 11

  • Insights from recent case law and the CFPB’s proposed rules can help you navigate issues
    surrounding medical debt credit reporting practices.
  • Hospitals trying to figure out how to post their rates per CMS proposed requirement
  • SBA Encourages CFPB to Mitigate Rule’s Impact on Small Business

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October 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 10

  • Costs of Data Breaches Growing Across Health Care Industry
  • Trump Executive Order Opens Door or Hospital Price Transparency
  • Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Worry About Hackers
  • Americans’ Lack of Trust in Institutional Data Security

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September 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 9

  • ACA SearchPoint provides information on state collection laws for medical debt
  • As Health Care Premiums Increase, States Look for Solutions
  • Texas Enacts Healthcare Measures Impacting Credit Reporting and “Surprise” Medical Billing
  • New York’s Arbitration-focused surprise billing law touted as model

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August 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 8

  • JAMA Study Finds 36% of Virginia Hospitals Garnishing Wages Over Unpaid Bills
  • Surprise Medical Bills: Unforeseen Out-of-Network Charges Cause Concern Among Consumers
  • Senate Health Committee Votes to Reduce Health Care Costs
  • The Cost of Data Breaches is Significant for Health and Financial Organizations

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July 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 7

  • Washington Governor Signs Debt Collection Bills
  • Affordable Care Act: State Reinsurance Programs
  • Employer Plans Leaving More Adults Underinsured

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June 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 6

  • Balance it Out; Remaining current on state and federal legislative updates may be the best medicine for dealing with “balance billing” questions.
  • Healthcare Costs:  What Keeps You Up at Night?
  • Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Report Significant Concern That a Major Health Event Will Result in Personal Bankruptcy

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May 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 5

  • Reporting for Duty – FCRA amendments related to veterans’ medical debts
  • HHS Payment Model Designed to Meet Beneficiaries’ Emergency Needs
  • Oregon Measure Addresses Indigent Care
  • Million-Dollar Lawsuit Results from Insurer Sending Payment to Patients – not Doctors

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April 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 4

  • HHS Report:  Record Settlements for HIPAA Violations Reached in 2018
  • Senator Chuck Grassley to IRS:  How Many Hospitals Comply with 501(r) Requirements?
  • How Insurance Coverage Impacts Consumers’ Ability to Pay

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March 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 3

  • HHS Issues Voluntary Cybersecurity Guidance for Health Care Providers
  • Why a Patient-Friendly Billing and Payment System Matters
  • Patients Prefer Payment Plans for Medical Bills
  • Impact of Cybersecurity Threats for Small Businesses

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February 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 2

  • Health are Providers Report Status of Revenue Cycle Management
  • Employer-Based Insurance Premiums Create Growing Burden for Families
  • BillingTree Survey Reveals Increase in Shift to Online Payments
  • Insurance Payments on the Rise

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January 2019 - Vol. 35 No. 1

  • A Healthy Business Relationship
  • Senators Cosponsor Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills; Lower Health Care Costs
  • Revenue Cycle Management Industry is Poised for Growth

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December 2018 – Vol. 34 No. 12

  • Emergency Brake – Common collection challenges that arise from the emergency room
  • Survey Shows Greater Financial Strain from Consumers with Serious Illness
  • Medical Debt Declines with Patients’ Age

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November 2018 – Vol. 34 No. 11

  • Protecting Health Care Information
  • Are You a Health Care Collection Expert?
  • Health Care Market Concentration

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October 2018 – Vol. 34 No. 10

  • Safe and Sound – How well do you understand privacy considerations under HIPAA?
  • Data Breach Risks Continue in the Health Care Industry
  • Are Health Care Costs Affordable to Most Americans?
  • Patient Records Impacted by Data Breach Incidents

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