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Archive: August 2010

NGS Teleconference: “Home Health Billing Basics”

   by Mark Nowlen
The National Government Services Provider Outreach and Education department will conduct a Home Health Billing Basics teleconference on September 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm (EST). During this session, NGS will educate home health providers on some basic background information on the home health benefit and walk through the key billing… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Join Kinnser Software at the 2010 Ohio Home Health Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
Are you attending the next home health conference in Columbus Ohio? Join Kinnser Software at the Greater Columbus Convention Center September 15-16 for the 2010 OCHCH Fall Conference and Trade Show presented by the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH)! The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Home Health Industry Conferences

   by Mindy Pillow
The 2010 National Association for Home Care & Hospice 29th Annual Meeting is less than two months away, and we hope to see all of you there. Home health conferences are excellent places to gain new information that you can use to improve processes, sharpen clinical skills and grow your… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

CMS Proposal Raises Barrier to Entry for New Agencies

   by Mindy Pillow
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new changes in the Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2011, the Agency raised the barrier to entry for home health agencies by extending the capitalization requirements from the time of application submission through three months… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Are You Upcoding Your OASIS? Common M1200 Coding Mistake Revealed

   by Kristi Wheeler
M1200 is an OASIS item that is often answered incorrectly, and since this item receives case mix points in equations "1" and "4", you may be upcoding your OASIS without knowing. For years, many clinicians have assumed incorrectly that all elderly patients have "impaired vision" when it comes to answering… Read more ›

Filed Under: Coding

5 Things Every Owner and Administrator Must Know About Billing

   by Mark Nowlen
1) Do not undervalue your biller. One of the major mistakes agencies make is underrating the value of a good biller. Every agency owner and administrator must understand the gravity of billing and validate billers as a larger component to their success. Your biller is the last line of defense… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

HHCAHPS Frequently Asked Questions

   by Mindy Pillow
All Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) with over 60 eligible patients annually must participate in the Home Health Care CAHPS Survey (HHCAHPS) in order to receive their full annual market basket increase. All agencies who want to participate in the implementation, which starts on October 1, 2010, must participate in… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Kinnser Software Wins the TAHC&H 2010 Associate Member Award

   by Mindy Pillow
The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) has officially honored Kinnser Software with the TAHC&H Associate Member of the Year Award! TAHC&H recognizes Kinnser Software's commitment to TAHC&H and the support of the home care and hospice industry. Christopher Hester, Kinnser's Chief Executive Officer, accepted the award in… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Top-5 Kinnser Blog Posts: July 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
Today, we would like to share Kinnser's top-5 blog posts throughout the month of July. Please use the links below to read last month's most popular articles: PECOS Update: CMS Fixes Bugs in Enrollment Process, Will Not Reject Claims Yes, Kinnser's Agency Manager is Compatible with the Apple iPad Don't… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Proposes New Therapy Service Regulations

   by Mindy Pillow
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the increase in case mix weights from 1.3060 to 1.3085 between 2007 and 2008 can be attributed to the "unexpected" upsurge in the average number of therapy visits per episode. CMS accredits the shift in therapy visit levels to home… Read more ›

Filed Under: Therapy

CMS Proposes an Increase in Case Mix ‘Creep’ Reductions to 3.79 Percent

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally published the Proposed Rule on the 2011 Medicare home health payment rates in the Federal Register July 23. Effective January 1, 2011, the Proposed Rule includes a proposed case mix coding "creep" adjustment of 3.79 percent for 2011 and 2012, an… Read more ›

Filed Under: Coding

Join Kinnser at the 2010 TAHC&H Educational Conference & Business Meeting!

   by Mindy Pillow
Are you attending the TAHC&H 2010 Educational Conference & Business Meeting next week? Stop by Kinnser's sponsor booth Gold #1 next Wednesday, August 11 through Thursday, August 12, at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, TX to receive a warm welcome from the Kinnser team! While at the conference, please… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events