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Archive: November 2010

NAHC Model Letters for New Home Health Face-to-Face Requirements

   by Mindy Pillow
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule, which made some significant changes in the requirements for face-to-face encounters between a patient and his/her physician or non-physician practitioner. In an effort to help home health agencies comply with these new requirements, effective Jan.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Legislation

Happy Thanksgiving!

   by Mindy Pillow
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. - a relaxing "Turkey Day" typically spent feasting on turkey and watching football with loved ones. It is also a day to be thankful for the blessings bestowed upon us over the past year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Kinnser Software would like to… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Celebrating National Home Care Month: Enter the “Outstanding Home Care Story” Drawing

   by Mindy Pillow
Join Kinnser Software and home health agencies around the country as we celebrate National Home Care Month! Each November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care Month, National Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week to honor home care professionals who provide care and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Celebrate Home Care Aide Week & Home Care Month

   by Mindy Pillow
Each November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care Month to honor home care professionals who provide care and compassion to others while making remarkable differences in the lives of patients and the families they serve. Additionally, NAHC has marked this second full week… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Medicare Billing & Reimbursement for Influenza and PPV Vaccines

   by David Macke
Do you know Medicare billing & reimbursement for flu vaccine supplies and administration? In the past, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) based reimbursement for the vaccine supply cost and administration on cost, then on the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) fee schedule and then back to cost.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing

NAHC Report Article: CMS Issued the 2011 Final Rule (Part 5)

   by Mindy Pillow
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule related to 2011 home health payment rates, hospice and home health face-to-face encounter requirements, therapy coverage and more. You may access the full 550-page document at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27778_PI.pdf Following is a summary of the 36-month ownership… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation

NAHC Report Article: CMS Issued the 2011 Final Rule (Part 4)

   by Mindy Pillow
Last Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule related to 2011 home health payment rates, hospice and home health face-to-face encounter requirements, therapy coverage and more. You may access the full 550-page document at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27778_PI.pdf Following is a summary of the therapy coverage, assessment,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation, Therapy

NAHC Report Article: CMS Issued the 2011 Final Rule (Part 3)

   by Mindy Pillow
Last Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule related to 2011 home health payment rates, hospice and home health face-to-face encounter requirements, therapy coverage and more. You may access the full 550-page document at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27778_PI.pdf Following is a summary of the hospice face-to-face encounter… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation

Surviving 2011: New Homecare Regulations Webinars

   by Mindy Pillow
The Final Rule is here! Home health is about to see more drastic cuts and changes effective January 1, 2011. Released November 2, 2010, the 2011 Final Rule contains several new requirements that an agency will need to comply with to remain a successful homecare business in the future. New… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Top-5 Kinnser Blog Posts

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser publishes blog articles every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the home care industry's most pertinent issues including billing, administrative, clinical, marketing, coding, legislative, and technology. Please use the links below to read the most popular Kinnser home health blog articles in October: NAHC Highlights: "Tools for Constructing a Successful… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

NAHC Report Article: CMS Issued the 2011 Final Rule (Part 2)

   by Mindy Pillow
Late Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule related to 2011 home health payment rates, hospice and home health face-to-face encounter requirements, therapy coverage and more. You may access the full 550-page document at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27778_PI.pdf Following is a summary of the home health face-to-face… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation

NAHC Report Article: CMS Issued the 2011 Final Rule (Part 1)

   by Mindy Pillow
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule related to 2011 home health payment rates, hospice and home health face-to-face encounter requirements, therapy coverage and more. You may access the full 550-page document at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-27778_PI.pdf Following is a summary of the 2011 Medicare home health… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation

Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

   by Mindy Pillow
Did you know that on September 23, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicare self-referral disclosure protocol ("SRDP") pursuant to Section 6409(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)? According to CMS, the "SRDP sets forth a process to enable providers of services… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration