Kinnser Blog

CMS Issues New Conditions of Participation for Home Health

   by Blair Stokes
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 new final rule for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on Monday, and changes take effect July 13, 2017. The final rule… 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 is still planned to roll-out in four other states (Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Michigan) on a yet-to-be-determined schedule. Agencies in Illinois have learned valuable lessons from the Pre-Claim Review project. Agencies in other states will be wise to take heed… 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

Kinnser Software Signs Senior Helpers––One of America’s Largest In-Home Senior Care Companies

   by Chip Schneider
Kinnser ADL®, Kinnser’s software for in-home care, will be used by the more than 250 franchise businesses of Senior Helpers. Austin, TX – September 22, 2015 – Kinnser Software, Inc., caps the third quarter of 2015 with the signing of its newest customer, Senior Helpers, one of the country’s largest… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events, Technology

The 50th Anniversary of Medicare

   by Chip Schneider
This week marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the landmark legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid, almost certainly the most important social-insurance programs in US history. To commemorate this important event, Kinnser is pleased to share an except from Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation, News and Events

It Takes a Village to Prepare for ICD-10

   by Alex Moganti
The ICD-10 implementation date of October 1st is fast-approaching, but not everyone is ready to jump back into the preparation process. A recent Kinnser survey of 230 home health and hospice providers revealed that 66% of agencies feel that they are “not prepared at all” or “not as prepared as… Read more ›

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

Kinnser Customers Lead Industry Efforts Fighting Fraud

   by Angie Li
Since its inception in 2007, the HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, has charged approximately 1,900 defendants who, collectively, falsely billed the Medicare program around $6 billion. Fraudulent healthcare billing has forced healthcare providers to contend… Read more ›

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

Do You Understand the CMS Quality Strategy Goals and How They Pertain to Your Hospice?

   by Dodie Johnson, RN, MSN, NP-C
There are a great number of initiatives in progress right now concerning quality and patient satisfaction.  These are important concerns at all times, of course, but do you know why they are receiving so much attention right now? The National Quality Strategy was established by the Affordable Care Act and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical