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Archive: May 2010

CMS Awards MAC Contracts to PalmettoGBA

   by Mindy Pillow
As agencies prepare for potential Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), CMS has taken one more step to accelerate the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) program by awarding MAC contracts to PalmettoGBA. This week, CMS awarded PalmettoGBA the Home Health and Hospice MAC Jurisdiction C contract, which covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

CMS Issues Home Health Pay for Performance Incentive Payments

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing more than $15 million in savings to 166 home health agencies (HHAs) based on their performance during the first year of the Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration. CMS took on the HHP4P demonstration to "show the impact… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

How Software Makes the Licensure/Certification Survey Process Easier

   by Mindy Pillow
If you have worked in an agency where a surveyor appeared unannounced, then you know the sinking feeling many agencies experience when a surveyor walks in the door. The survey process is usually stressful and uncomfortable for everyone involved. The visit can take up 2-3 days of your employees' time… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

State Association Provides Home Health 101 Training

   by Mindy Pillow
Are you purchasing or starting a new Medicare-Certified HHA? Do you own or work for a state licensed HHA considering becoming Medicare-Certified? Are you a new employee of a home health agency (HHA)? If so, you may need a crash course in home health care to maximize your agency's potential.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

CMS Reduces Timely Filing Limits for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Claims

   by Mark Nowlen
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is officially adjusting timely filing limits for Medicare claims submissions, reducing the time in which claims can be processed for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) reimbursement. To implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Section 6404, claims with dates of service on… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Top Kinnser Blog Posts

   by Mindy Pillow
Today, Kinnser would like to take this time to thank our readers for joining our home health community and participating in our Home Health Blog! We are excited to provide you with valuable resources that you can use in your day-to-day life as dedicated home health professionals. Since its launch,… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

What Small HH Agencies Need To Know About HHCAHPS

   by Mark Nowlen
Did you know that small home health agencies are exempt from participating in the HHCAHPS Survey? If your Medicare-certified agency served fewer than 60 unduplicated, survey-eligible patients (total) over the course of the 12-month period from April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010, you do not have to participate in… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Live from the 2010 CAHSAH Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
We are live in Sacramento, California this week for the California Association for Health Services at Home's (CAHSAH) 2010 Conference. This is an exciting show this year, with many agencies attending from all over the state. The session tracks have some excellent topics and speakers, and we have had a… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Holds RAC 101 Teleconference Tomorrow

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a national "RAC 101" teleconference for home health and hospice providers tomorrow, May 4, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm (Eastern Standard Time). The teleconference will offer a question and answer session following a presentation on the RAC operational process. If you… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing