Kinnser Blog

Welcome to the Blog

   by Chris Hester
I am pleased to welcome you all to Kinnser's home health blog; a section of our new resource center containing this blog and other informative content, such as case studies, white papers, and an extensive home health glossary. My goal for this blog is to provide an online community for… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Question #2

   by Kristi Wheeler
Are you an OASIS-C expert? Test your knowledge of OASIS-C by answering the following question: Question #2 A patient with a diagnosis of MS was admitted to home health for wound care of a Stage II pressure ulcer to the right hip. Patient has a history of a Stage IV… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Answer #1

   by Kristi Wheeler
Question #1 Related to OASIS item (M1900) Prior Functioning ADL/IADL – Indicate the patient's usual ability with everyday activities prior to this current illness, exacerbation, or injury: What time point should be used to measure the patient's "prior" level of functioning? Answer #1 This item identifies changes that have occurred… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

2 Tips for Preventing Communication Breakdown and Ensuring OASIS-C Accuracy

   by Kristi Wheeler
Communication of key clinical data points across disciplines, such as diagnosis and changes to the clinical plan of care, is essential to accurate completion of the OASIS-C data elements. Often communication may falter during dissemination, e.g., clinical information is provided by the physician to one clinician, but not effectively shared… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Quick OASIS-C Training Tip for Success

   by Kristi Wheeler
As you educate administrative and clinical staff on OASIS-C requirements, try strengthening assessment knowledge of each OASIS-C section by breaking down your ongoing training sessions into manageable pieces of information. To encourage proficiency, target your training and approach each section with an OASIS-C item-by-item tip of the week. Make it… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Question #1

   by Kristi Wheeler
Are you an OASIS-C expert? Test your knowledge of OASIS-C by answering the following question: Question #1 Related to OASIS item (M1900) Prior Functioning ADL/IADL – Indicate the patient's usual ability with everyday activities prior to this current illness, exacerbation, or injury: What time point should be used to measure… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

Kinnser Provides Free OASIS-C Comprehensive Assessment Training

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser is helping thousands of individual home health agency professionals prepare for the integrated OASIS-C Comprehensive Assessment by offering a series of free OASIS-C training opportunities for our users. Both in-person and real-time online Webinar training sessions are available to provide ample opportunities for our user network, which is now… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

2010 CMS System Access Reminders

   by Mark Nowlen
With all the large scale changes impacting the home health industry, including OASIS-C and the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) surveys, one could easily overlook two small, but important, pieces of CMS information. Before you sit down to a holiday feast, mark your calendars for two quick CMS reminders: Security… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

New Requirements to Obtain PS&R for 2009 Cost Reports

   by Steve Telles
The new CMS Provider and Statistical Reimbursement (PS&R) System is live. As providers are no longer able to access FYE 2009 information from the old Legacy system, Medicare fee-for-service providers should begin the Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) registration process for a PS&R login as soon as… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Accurate Data Collection is Your Agency’s Best Friend

   by Mindy Pillow
Do you ever find yourself discussing the quality of care your agency provides for its patients? How much more effective would your statements be with data to back them up? In order to communicate with our physician and hospital clients, we must collect the data necessary to demonstrate results. Your… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

What You Should Know About M0090 and January 1

   by Kristi Wheeler
New Year's Day is a time for reflection and aspiration. It's also the date that CMS changes their requirements from OASIS-B to OASIS-C. The last thing you want to be doing on New Year's Day is transferring assessment information from OASIS-B1 to OASIS-C. How can you avoid this? Understand how… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

The Secret to Training Your Staff on OASIS-C Remotely

   by Mindy Pillow
The heat is on! As home health agencies race to meet the January deadline for OASIS-C; is your staff ready? Agency success depends upon how well you implement the new assessment within your agency and ensuring that your staff is fully trained on OASIS-C item guidance. Thoughtful integration of these… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

How to Manage Diabetic Patients with a 10% Cap on Outlier Payments

   by Kristi Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a 10 percent per-home health agency (HHA) outlier cap on agency outlier payments to address excessive, suspicious outlier payments that are occurring in a few discrete areas of the country. Targeting an overall percentage of outlier payments at approximately 2.5… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

OIG Announces FY 2010 Work Plan

   by Mindy Pillow
Home health is under scrutiny and subject to substantial enforcement actions related to fraud and abuse. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has implemented a work plan for CY 2010 that focuses heavily on areas of identified and suspected fraud and abuse in… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

How to Prevent RAC Audits

   by Kristi Wheeler
Beginning in 2010, Medicare will be authorizing government-contracted Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) to collect on perceived overpayments to health care providers with payment dates reaching as far back as October 1, 2007. The RACs are an extension of Medicare's attempt to prevent payment fraud and abuse and to reduce Medicare's… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing