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Archive: April 2010

Home Health Referral Marketing to Physicians (Part 3)

   by David Tapia
Physicians are businesspeople. At the end of the day, the bottom line is just as important to them as it is to you. Agency marketing messages should focus on how your agency can improve the physician's bottom line. You can generate referrals simply by focusing on these primary motivators, engaging… Read more ›

Filed Under: Marketing

Kinnser Attends California and North Carolina Annual Home Health Conferences Next Week

   by Mindy Pillow
If you are attending either the California or North Carolina conference next week, please stop by Kinnser's booth to say "hello": We are pleased to attend the 2010 Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) Convention & Exposition. If you are attending the event, you can meet… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

MPFS Update: CMS Releases Medicare Claims for Processing and Payment

   by Mindy Pillow
Obama Extends Zero Percent Update to Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule Effective April 15, 2010, all Medicare claims with dates of service April 1 and later, which were being held by Medicare contractors, have been released for processing and payment (NAHC). When President Obama signed the "Continuing Extension Act of 2010"… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation

Understanding When to Use M1024 -The Basics

   by Kristi Wheeler
M1024 is used to prevent the loss of case mix points when an underlying case mix diagnosis is displaced by a V-code. Diagnoses will only be placed in M1024 when there is a V-code listed in M1020/M1022 for the same row. Agencies are not always required to code a numeric… Read more ›

Filed Under: Coding

Palmetto GBA Requests License / Accreditation Verification by April 30

   by Mark Nowlen
On April 12, 2010, Palmetto GBA mailed letters to all Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies (HHA) requesting verification of license and/or accreditation documentation by mail, no later than April 30, 2010. Providers should submit/mail a copy of their HHA State License OR Accreditation documentation by April 30, 2010 to avoid… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

The Return of the Home Health Rural Add-on Payment

   by Mindy Pillow
When President Obama signed the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) into law on March 23, he reinstated the temporary Medicare home health rural add-on payment at 3 percent (Sec. 3131) for providers who serve patients in rural areas. Effective April 1, the add-on applies to episodes ending on… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation

Save Time Compiling Data for HH CAHPS

   by Mindy Pillow
We are now in the second quarter of 2010. Are you ready for HH CAHPS? After you select an approved HH CAHPS Survey vendor and identify which patients should receive the survey, you need to create the file containing the patients' information so you can submit the data to your… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

How Will People Find Your Agency in the Future?

   by Mindy Pillow
How do patients find your agency today? Do they pick up the phone book, search on Google, ask a friend, or rely on a physician's referral? Whatever it takes, you want to be there when they are looking for an agency. The game is changing. Twenty years ago, people looked… Read more ›

Filed Under: Technology

Apple iPad: One More Reason to Go Paperless for Point of Care

   by Mindy Pillow
During the month of April, a new, cost-effective solution for tablet-based computing in home health will be launched. In late April, Apple will release its model with both 3G and Wi-Fi, the model that could move many home healthcare providers to choose mobile computing solutions. Why? If your agency uses… Read more ›

Filed Under: Technology