Kinnser Blog

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

Dispelling the Myths Surrounding ICD-10

   by Alex Moganti
As of today, ICD-10 is set to be implemented on October 1, 2015. This mandated industry-wide change will affect everyone from providers to payers to software vendors. Home Health Agencies will be particularly vulnerable in the wake of the transition, since their reimbursement is directly tied to the codes they… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Coding, Legislation, Technology

How Technology Will Help Home Health Navigate The Year to Come

   by Chris Hester
From ever-more complex operational, regulatory and quality management requirements to the implementation of new and innovative care technologies, the home health industry is set for disruption in 2015. Paired with stringent new compliance requirements and more complicated government reimbursement processes, one can see that home care it set to be… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation, News and Events, Technology

Five easy steps that home agencies can take to thrive in 2015

   by Chris Hester
The great graying of America is officially underway. Nearly 300,000 of us are retiring every month, and will do so until at least 2033, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a big deal. For the first time in history, there will be more Americans over 60 than under the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events, Technology

Kinnser Salutes Military Veteran Colleagues, Customers and Patients for Their Service to Country

   by Chris Hester
On this Veterans Day, Kinnser Software is proud to honor the millions of men and women who have served and are currently serving our country in uniform.  There are some 1.7 million veterans living in Kinnser’s headquarter state of Texas, and I am proud to be one of them. For… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Achieving Compliance with Face-to-Face Requirements

   by Kim Corral, RN, BSN, Ma Ed, HCS-D, COS-C
Compliance with face-to-face encounter documentation requirements has become a challenge for many organizations in the home health industry. Surveillance activities from organizations such as Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), Recovery Administrative Contractors (RACs), Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), and Supplemental Medical Review Contractors (SMRCs), as well as reviews and reports performed… Read more ›

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Update on Jimmo Settlement

   by Elizabeth Hogue
The settlement in the Jimmo case has received widespread coverage in the healthcare industry and the general press, but many providers; including home health agencies, therapy practitioners, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs); still have many questions about it. What is required of the Centers for Medicare… Read more ›

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How to Position Your Home Care Agency as a Vital Partner to Consortiums

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Consortiums are a fast-growing trend in the health care industry, and many home care agencies want to get in on the action. Becoming a part of these consortiums, however, isn’t easy. Despite the increasing number of consortiums available, most home care agencies struggle to position themselves as a vital partner… Read more ›

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