Kinnser Blog

Archive: June 2010

Important Action Steps to Deal with PECOS Now

   by Mindy Pillow
Effective July 6, 2010, all Medicare claims must include the legal name and National Provider Identifier (NPI) of the ordering and referral physician - a physician who must have an approved enrollment record or a valid opt-out record in the electronic enrollment database of Medicare providers and suppliers known as… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

New MPFS Update: Congress Delays 21% Payment Reduction, Provides 2.2% Payment Increase

   by Mindy Pillow
On June 25, 2010, President Obama signed into law the "Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010" - a law both delaying the 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians and establishing a 2.2 percent update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Kinnser Attends Financial Management Conference in Chicago

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser Software is pleased to attend the 2010 NAHC and HHFMA Financial Management Conference & Exposition in Chicago, IL, co-sponsored by the National Association for Homecare & Hospice (NAHC) and the Homecare & Hospice Financial Manager's Association (HHFMA). Industry financial management experts and consultants will present key financial management techniques… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

The CMS Lifts Hold on MPFS Claims, Now Processing Claims under Negative Update

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed contractors to lift the hold on claims (with dates of service of June 1, 2010 and later) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and begin processing June 1 and later MPFS claims under the law's negative… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) Webinar: June 30

   by Mindy Pillow
The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign is presenting a free webinar "Hospital Readmissions and the Role of Home Care" on Wednesday, June 30 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (EDT). Steve Landers, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Home Care and Community Rehab., Cleveland Clinic will discuss the Role of Home… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Kinnser Attends the TAHC&H “HCSSA Administrator Program”

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser Software is pleased to attend and sponsor the Home and Community Support Services Agencies "HCSSA Administrator Program" presented by the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) in Irving, TX. The program will cover topics essential to Administrators, Alternates and upper level management of home care & hospice… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Deadline Reminder: Qualified Agencies Must Submit HH CAHPS Exemption Form by Today

   by Mindy Pillow
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 have until 11:59 EST tonight to submit your Participation Exemption Request Form to be exempt from participating in the HH CAHPS survey.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Unrestricted Access to Medical Records by Surveyors

   by Kendel Joyce
Did you know that Medicare surveyors have the right to request direct access to electronic medical records? When requested by the surveyor, agencies must grant access to any medical record — all paper-based records and electronic records stored within your agency's software solution. You can have print outs/paper charts, but if… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

How to Subscribe to Home Health RSS Feeds

   by Nick Ward
Many home health professionals seek out industry-related content online from blog entries, news headlines and various websites to keep up with government regulations and to learn best practices to help them succeed in their day-to-day operations. Obviously your time is limited, so you need to be as efficient as possible… Read more ›

Filed Under: Technology

Software Satisfaction Survey

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser would like to invite our readers to participate in a short software satisfaction survey brought to you by our associates at Anderson & Tuttle, home health and hospice consultants. Please use the link below to contribute your responses regarding home health or hospice software shopping experiences and satisfaction: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/82TJ6ZN… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Billing Alert:  CMS Discontinues Source of Admission Codes B&C Effective July 1

   by Petria McKelvey
**Updated July 9, 2010**Effective July 1, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is eliminating Source of Admission Codes "B" and "C". This means that on or after July 1, if a patient is discharged/readmitted to your agency, or if a patient transfers to your agency in the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Kinnser Attends Florida Annual Home Health Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser is pleased to attend and sponsor the 2010 Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) Conference and Trade Show in ChampionsGate, Florida. HCAF has chosen an appropriate theme this year, "Rising to the Challenge: Thriving after Surviving," as home health agencies face cuts through President Obama's health care reform. Kinnser… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Top 5 Kinnser Blog Posts: May 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
Today, we would like to share Kinnser's top-5 blog posts throughout the month of May. Please use the links below to read last month's most popular articles: What Small HH Agencies Need To Know About HHCAHPS State Association Provides Home Health 101 Training Setting Up QuickBooks Software for a Home… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

State Home Care Association Provides 3 Levels of ICD-9 Coding Workshops

   by Mindy Pillow
Do you want to learn the basics or improve your knowledge of ICD-9 coding for home health? Kinnser Software is pleased to support your education by sponsoring both 2-day, hands-on "The Art of ICD-9 Coding" workshops brought to you by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). The… Read more ›

Filed Under: Coding