Kinnser Blog

Archive: January 2011

10 Great Things to Do in Austin over the Weekend

   by Mindy Pillow
Have you ever been to Austin in the springtime? If you plan to travel to Austin for the 2011 Kinnser User Conference, you are in for a treat. March is one of the most beautiful months in Central Texas - the perfect time of year when the bluebonnets are blooming… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

HHS Announces New Affordable Care Act Rules to Prevent Fraud

   by Mindy Pillow
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday, January 24 new rules authorized by the Affordable Care Act, which include new provider screening and enforcement measures and the authority to suspend payments when a credible allegation of fraud is being investigated. These provisions are part of the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Legislation

MedPac Recommends Home Health Co-Pay and More

   by Mindy Pillow
On Jan. 13, 2011, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted out a series of home health benefit recommendations that will be conveyed to Congress in its March report. The MedPac recommendations include program integrity measures, a co-pay for home health patients, accelerated payment rate reductions and a case mix… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Therapy

Get Listed in NAHC’s Agency Locator Tool

   by Mindy Pillow
Last week, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the release of its second annual Industry Directory, a comprehensive list of home care and hospice providers geared to assisting the public in both understanding home care and hospice services and selecting home care providers for their families… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Marketing

Kinnser Sponsors Free Seminar for New Home Health Agency Startups

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser is pleased to sponsor a FREE seminar for new home health agency startups Thursday, January 27 from 2 pm to 5 pm (CST) in Stafford, Texas. If you or someone you know is considering opening a new agency, please tell your friends or stop by the Homewood Suites by… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

More Home Health PPS Final Rule Training Opportunities

   by Mindy Pillow
Today, we continue our efforts to provide home health professionals with additional 2011 Final Rule training opportunities taking place in January and early-February. If you or someone from your agency is looking for more opportunities to understand the requirements included in the 2011 Final Rule, please follow the links provided… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, News and Events, Therapy

Join Us at the 2011 Kinnser User Conference for Home Health Agencies & Therapy Companies

   by Mindy Pillow
We are pleased to announce Kinnser Software's inaugural Kinnser User Conference taking place March 23- 25, 2011 in Austin, Texas! Maximize the value of Kinnser's home health software solutions through interactive discussions with industry experts and exchange insights with home health colleagues at our educational and collaborative two-day event designed… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, News and Events

2011 PECOS Update for Home Health Agencies

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended automated edits that would deny claims for services that were ordered or referred by a physician or other eligible professional simply for lack of an approved file in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) database. According to… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing

Top-5 Kinnser Blog Posts: December 2010

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser publishes blog articles every week on the home care industry's most pertinent issues including billing, administrative, clinical, marketing, coding, legislative, technology and more. Please use the links below to read the most popular Kinnser home health blog articles in December 2010: 2011 Final Rule Reminder: Important Home Health Face-to-Face… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

How to Take Advantage of the “Dry Run” Period for Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to suspend enforcement of the 2011 home health face-to-face encounter requirements to provide all home health agencies with a "dry run" opportunity to comply with the new rules. Face-to-face encounter requirements are still in effect, but non-compliance will not result… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing

2011 Final Rule Therapy & Billing Seminar

   by Mindy Pillow
Do not underestimate the impact that the 2011 Final Rule will have on the home health industry this year. The 2011 Final Rule presents new challenges for home health agencies with regulatory updates related to home health payment rates, face-to-face encounters, therapy coverage and patient assessment standards, 36-month ownership transfer… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing, News and Events, Therapy