Kinnser Blog

Evaluation of Patient’s Ability to Self-Care Including Use of Private Duty Services – Part 5

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A – Interpretative Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.  This is the fifth in a series of articles about these interpretive guidelines. 42 CFR Section 482.43(b) Standard:… Read more ›

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

Is Your Agency Ready For Hospice Item Set? Your Time Is Up!

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Hospice Item Set (HIS) is part of the HQRP, which mandates that Medicare-certified hospices must submit quality data to CMS. As of July 1, 2014, all hospice care providers are required to have a HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record for each patient. Hospice Item Set is a necessary data collection tool… Read more ›

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

Is Your Agency Survey Ready?

   by Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
Having your agency “survey ready” is a struggle of most home health agencies. With the new sanctions, new directives by CMS, and the busy day-to-day schedules of home health agencies having a plan in place for surveyor readiness is crucial. One of the first things to remember in the preparation… Read more ›

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Kinnser Software Announces All New Billing and Revenue Management Tools in Agency Manager™

   by Shane Anderson
The most extensive enhancement in Kinnser Agency Manager’s history includes accrual accounting, hard close, drill down reporting, and a unified workflow for all claim types. AUSTIN, TEXAS - Kinnser Software, Inc., creator of the most widely used software for home health agencies and hospices, announces all new billing and revenue… Read more ›

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

Hospice Data Tells the Real Story in Rebuttal to Recent Horror Stories

   by Barbara Rosenblum
Contributing to a string of stories about questionable business practices by “big business hospice” is the Huffington Post article  “Hospice, Inc.” of June 19, 2014. This and other articles, such as a June 26, 2014, article in the Washington Post, all tell a story, but they do not tell the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Develop a High Performance Team

   by Shane Anderson
Coaching is synonymous with leading. Think about that for a moment. Do you want to simply manage a team or do you want to lead them? When you are dealing with team fragmentation, conflicted ideas of purpose, variable levels of effort and motivation between team members, it is simply not… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Kinnser Hospice® Ready in Advance of Hospice Item Set (HIS) Compliance Deadline

   by Shane Anderson
Customers of Kinnser Hospice® prepared to begin using the HIS on July 1, 2014. AUSTIN, TEXAS – Kinnser Software, a national leader in clinical and business software solutions for home health and hospice, announces its readiness for the Hospice Item Set (the HIS), a new compliance requirement affecting all Medicare-certified… Read more ›

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Strategic Planning in Home Care: Setting the Path to the Future

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Planning is a critical process that every home care organization must participate in if it is to thrive. Yet so many home care agencies do not have the discipline of developing a strategic plan for their organization. We find it interesting that even though a home care agency does not… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Marketing, News and Events

Local coverage of Kinnser’s Top Workplace recognition

   by Shane Anderson
Kinnser Software has been recognized as a Top Workplace of Greater Austin by the Austin American-Statesman for the past two years in a row. The Statesman recently published a follow-up piece on Kinnser Software. Read the Statesman's full article here.  For a number of years, working at Kinnser Software “was the… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

AHIMA Issues Guidance on Use of Copy and Paste Functionality

   by Elizabeth Hogue
Electronic health records (EHRs) have been hailed as an enormous step forward in the provision of health care services because they enhance the accuracy, accessibility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of documentation of services provided.  Use of EHRs, however, also raises a number of important issues that may compromise their usefulness.  The… Read more ›

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

Can Your Home Care Agency Weather a Financial Storm?

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Even the best-managed home health agencies experience ups and downs. Whether it’s due to an economic downturn or because some large clients decided to take their business elsewhere, you need to have a plan in place to make sure you can weather the storm. This, of course, includes having cash… Read more ›

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

Winning Strategies

   by Steve Telles
  In order to withstand all of the challenges in the industry today agencies must have a strategic plan. A winning strategy that has been successful for many agencies focuses on: cost controls, productivity management, volume, payer mix, diversification, and revenue. Agencies must deal with the following changes impacting operations:… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Marketing, News and Events

Local newspaper covers the inspiring story of Daniel Bustillos, Kinnser Scholar

   by Shane Anderson
As a child, Daniel Bustillos was unaware that he had a rare blood-clotting disorder that would cause him to have a stroke at age 15, minor heart attacks in his 20s and eventually propel him toward a career in nursing. After spending countless hours with hospital nurses because of his… Read more ›

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Medicare Policymakers Threaten the Viability of Home Care and Hospice

   by Rich Chesney
There are several Medicare policy efforts in the offing or currently underway that threaten the financial stability of home health and hospice providers. In recent months, for example, much attention has been focused on both the rebasing of home health and the elimination of “failure to thrive” diagnoses in hospice.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Identification of Patients in Need of Discharge Planning

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A – Interpretative Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.  This is the second in a series of articles about these interpretative guidelines. 42 CFR Section 482.43(a) Standard:… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Legislation, News and Events