Kinnser Blog

Archive: September 2010

Important HHCAHPS Update: Exemption Deadline Extended

   by Mindy Pillow
Agencies that served 59 or fewer survey-eligible patients between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, can still apply for an exemption from participating in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care Survey (HHCAHPS) for the 2012 market basket update. All agencies seeking this exemption must… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Preparing for the NAHC Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
Are you prepared for the NAHC conference next week? To maximize the investment you are making by attending the conference (i.e., one or more days of your time, registration fees, plus travel and accommodations expenses), spend at least 15 minutes to create a plan for the conference before you arrive.… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Proposes Additional Provider Screening Requirements

   by Mindy Pillow
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would implement program integrity measures to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). Included in this proposal are rules regarding screening criteria for newly enrolled and reenrolling… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

NAHC Quick Guide

   by Mindy Pillow
It is not too late to register for the NAHC 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition! If you are attending the conference, please stop by Kinnser's sponsor booth #305 Sunday, October 3 through Tuesday, October 5, at the Gaylord Texan & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX to receive a warm welcome… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

PECOS Downtime: Sept 29-Oct 3

   by Mindy Pillow
The electronic enrollment database of Medicare providers and suppliers known as the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) will be unavailable from Wednesday, September 29 through Sunday, October 3 due to scheduled maintenance. The CMS urges physicians, non-physician practitioners, providers and other suppliers to use the Internet-based PECOS… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Caring for Dementia Patients: World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21

   by Mindy Pillow
According to the 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, about 70 percent of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias live at home. As you provide critical home health services for the aging population, it is important to "identify cognitive impairment and effective interventions for the person and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

Home Health Quality Improvement Resources: New Training Video Available on YouTube

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a new training video on the CMS.HHS.gov YouTube Channel explaining the Process Based Quality Improvement (PBQI) Process for home health agencies. The video provides provider training for home health professionals in the PBQI Process and demonstrates how home health agencies… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical

Join Kinnser at the 2010 NAHC Conference!

   by Mindy Pillow
The 2010 National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Conference is less than three weeks away, and we are preparing for the show. Are you? Kinnser is excited to exhibit and Gold sponsor NAHC's 29th Annual Meeting October 2-6 at the amazing Gaylord Texan & Convention Center in Grapevine,… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Cahaba GBA Part A Georgia and Tennessee: Transition to HIGLAS, Late 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators (Cahaba GBA) will transition the Part A Georgia and Tennessee workload to the Healthcare Integrated General Ledger Accounting System (HIGLAS) in late 2010. All Medicare contractors will use this integrated dual-entry accounting system in place of their separate accounting/payment systems. According to Centers for Medicare &… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

4 Steps to Gain Support for Home Health Services

   by Kristi Wheeler
Home health services save billions of Medicare dollars each year by greatly reducing patient needs for more expensive acute care and long-term care stays. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a regulatory payment cut of 3.79 percent in 2011 and 2012 to reduce Medicare spending… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation

Cahaba GBA Update to the FISS Adjustment Pricing Issue

   by Mindy Pillow
Cahaba GBA posted a temporary resolution yesterday to the "Adjustment Pricing Issue" on its "Fiscal Intermediary Standard System Claims Processing Issues" page. The issue causes home health adjustments, submitted to change the HIPPS code, to process with the same payment amount as the original claim. This occurs only on claims… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

Top-5 Kinnser Blog Posts: August 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
Today, we would like to share Kinnser's top-5 blog posts throughout the month of August. Please use the links below to read last month's most popular articles: 5 Things Every Owner and Administrator Must Know About Billing CMS Proposes New Therapy Service Regulations Is Your Patient Census Correct? Are You… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Kinnser Software Ranked as One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
The Kinnser Software team sends a special thank you to our customers for utilizing our services and enabling Kinnser to grow into the company it is today. We have a lot to celebrate this year because of you. Yesterday, we announced Kinnser Software has officially made Inc. magazine's list of… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events