Kinnser Blog

National Healthcare Decisions Day Reminds You to Make A Plan

   by Blair Stokes
It’s never too early to talk about advance care planning, and National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a helpful reminder that now is the perfect time to make a plan. NHDD is an initiative from The Conversation Project that emphasizes the importance of health care planning and invites the public… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Delays Both Pre-Claim Review and New Conditions of Participation

   by Blair Stokes
Home health agencies across the nation — especially those in Florida and Illinois — can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that today CMS officially postponed both the effective date of the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and the rollout of Pre-Claim Review (PCR) in Florida, originally slated for April… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, Legislation, News and Events, Therapy

The Kinnser Community: Post-Acute Care’s Largest User Base

   by Blair Stokes
Got a question about using Kinnser? Chances are, another Kinnser user has had the same question, or better yet, can answer your question. For years, Kinnser’s online user forum has connected users to a wide network of knowledgeable peers. Now we’ve improved the quality of that experience for all of… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events, Technology

Our Valentine’s Day Card to Caregivers

   by Blair Stokes
Caregivers, we know you take your work to heart. Caregiving is a challenging profession, but you do it anyway and provide vital care for those who need it most. Your compassion means the world to the patients and families who rely on you. This Valentine’s Day, we want to show… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

3 Things You Need to Know About PEPPER

   by Blair Stokes
Home health and hospice agencies can benefit from the comprehensive data available for free in their PEPPER. But first, you need to know what it is, why you should use it, and how to get it. Here’s what you need to know about PEPPER, the valuable report that your agency… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing

CMS Issues New Conditions of Participation for Home Health

   by Blair Stokes
NEW WEBINAR: Get ready for the new CoPs with industry experts Sharon Harder and Jill Dyer. Click here to register. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the criteria for participating in Medicare and Medicaid home health are changing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Top Home Health Care Resources to Jumpstart 2017

   by Blair Stokes
Navigating compliance changes in 2017 can be a challenge — even for the most efficient home health care agencies. At Kinnser, we know you have to contend with new regulations for OASIS-C2, Value-Based Purchasing, Pre-Claim Review, and more. We’re right there with you, delivering you the educational resources you need… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, Legislation, News and Events

OASIS-C2: 5 Things You Need to Know

   by Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
OASIS-C2 is the new version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2017. It is the beginning of CMS’s compliance with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, also known as the IMPACT Act. The IMPACT Act requires CMS to develop and implement cross-setting patient assessments from… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding

Pre-Claim Review for Home Health: 5 Lessons from Illinois

   by Sharon S. Harder
Pre-Claim Review has been underway in Illinois since August 2016, and it will soon take effect in Florida starting April 1, 2017. It's also still planned to roll-out in three other states (Texas, Massachusetts, and Michigan) on a yet-to-be-determined schedule. Agencies in Illinois have learned valuable lessons from the Pre-Claim Review project.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, Legislation

Communication & End-of-Life Care

   by Blair Stokes
“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.” ― Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End   Medicine is expected to save lives. But in cases of critical disease at end of life, patients often need… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

CMS Introduces 4 New G-Codes for 2017

   by Chip Schneider
NEW RESOURCE: Download Kinnser's G-codes tip sheet to learn more about the new codes and how to use them correctly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued CR 9736 with an effective date of January 1, 2017. This policy change retires two existing G-codes and introduces four new… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing, Clinical, Coding, News and Events

This #GivingTuesday, Help Nonprofits Helping Seniors

   by Blair Stokes
Giving Tuesday is giving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees a run for their money. As a charitable response to holiday consumerism, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated online and on social media with the hashtag, #GivingTuesday. Last year, the movement raised nearly $117 million in online… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Giving Thanks for Home Care & Hospice Caregivers

   by Blair Stokes
Dear Home Care & Hospice Professionals, This November, we’re thankful for you. During this time of gratitude, we’re celebrating both Thanksgiving and National Home Care & Hospice Month by recognizing you and all of the life-changing work that you do. Because of nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, News and Events, Therapy

The Conversation Project: Talking About End-Of-Life Care

   by Blair Stokes
                        It’s a simple fact: We will all die someday. It’s a hard thing to talk about. In fact, only 27% of people have talked about end-of-life care with their loved ones — even though 90% of people think… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, News and Events

ICD-10: Why Productivity Matters Now, More than Ever

   by Chip Schneider
There aren’t many things that healthcare consultants agree on, but here’s one: ICD-10 is going to take a big bite out of your productivity.  And there’s hard evidence to back up this opinion. In 2013, two large and influential organizations in healthcare IT—HIMSS (the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, News and Events