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Archive: January 2010

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Answer #3

   by Kristi Wheeler
Question #3 A patient has been admitted to home care for skilled nursing care of a Stage II pressure ulcer to the sacrum. The wound is 4cm x 5 cm x 0.1 cm. It is beefy red, and the peri wound area is intact without signs of further skin breakdown.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

Get the Source of Admission Code Right from the Start

   by Kristi Wheeler
Did you know that the Source of Admission Code creates a record in the Common Working File (CWF)? CMS expects the CWF to accurately track the activity and history of each patient. By using the correct Source of Admission Codes you create an accurate record right from time of admission.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

TAHC&H Recap: Top 10 Mistakes Homecare Managers Should Avoid (Part 2)

   by Mindy Pillow
On Day 2 of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) Winter Conference, Kim Wilson, LVN, CHCE, COS-C, HSCD-D, and owner for the KRW Group, LLC, presented "Top Ten Mistakes Even Good Managers Make...From Someone Who's Made Them All." Today's blog will summarize mistakes #3-4 Wilson covered in… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

TAHC&H Recap: Top 10 Mistakes Homecare Managers Should Avoid (Part 1)

   by Mindy Pillow
Last week's Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) Winter Conference in San Antonio, TX offered several interactive sessions, presented by key industry leaders, on current topics relevant to the home health community. This blog post marks the first of many recaps we will share with our readers who… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Question #3

   by Kristi Wheeler
Are you an OASIS-C expert? Test your knowledge of OASIS-C by answering the following question: Question #3 A patient has been admitted to home care for skilled nursing care of a stage II pressure ulcer to the sacrum. The wound is 4cm x 5 cm x 0.1 cm. It is… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

Live from the TAHC&H Winter Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
We are live at the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) Winter Conference in San Antonio, TX Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

How to Reduce Medicare Claim Rejections (Part 2)

   by Mark Nowlen
Do not let claim rejections slow your billing process and wreak havoc on your agency's reimbursements. In Part 1 of this series, we covered the first two steps your agency should take to reduce the number of hours your billing staff spends chasing rejected Medicare claims for collection.Today, in Part… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

OASIS-C Pop Quiz - Answer #2

   by Kristi Wheeler
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 to the left hip that is closed (completely re-epithelialized) and a Stage IV to the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

How to Reduce Medicare Claim Rejections (Part 1)

   by Kristi Wheeler
Home health billing can operate like clockwork if you pay close attention to detail, and submit your Medicare claims in a timely fashion. Reduce Medicare claim rejections for your agency by following these easy steps: Step 1: Validate the patient's data and eligibility for Medicare services Medicare claims are often… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

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