Kinnser Blog

Archive: July 2011

6 Key Steps in a Home Health Agency Start-up Process

   by Beth Carpenter
In my last article, I explored the advantages and disadvantages of starting-up a new agency or purchasing one already in business. Perhaps, after looking at the home health or hospice agencies available in your community, you have decided to start your agency from scratch. Today, I discuss the anatomy of… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Kinnser to Present at NAHC Conference

   by Mindy Pillow
Using a mobile Internet device - like an iPad or other tablet - can make Point of Care documentation more efficient, but how do you choose the right device? Don't you wish you could hear from an agency that has already figured it out? Attend this important session at the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events, Technology

To Purchase or Start-up a New Home Health Agency: How Do You Decide?

   by Beth Carpenter
Are you new to the home health and hospice marketplace? With the aging demographics of the American population, there is increased interest in home health and hospice agencies as viable business opportunities. If you have made the decision to enter the home health or hospice marketplace, the next most important… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Does the OIG Advisory Opinion Also Apply to Vendor Fees?

   by Elizabeth Hogue
In May 2011, Kinnser published the article "Urgent Notice for Post-Acute Providers Participating in Discharge Planning Systems" to notify readers of the recent Advisory Opinion 11-06 posted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This Opinion made it clear that post-acute… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration

Using a Coding Worksheet to Enhance Accuracy

   by Kristina Brown
Field clinicians hold the key to accurate coding, and with the start of ICD-10, coding will become even more challenging for the field clinician. This is why it is essential that you educate field clinicians on how to obtain and communicate with coders the crucial information needed for coding accuracy.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding

5 Coding Essentials for the Home Health Field Clinician

   by Kristina Brown
Home health is changing drastically; there is an increased focus - by RACs, ZPIC audits and fiscal intermediaries - on documentation to support medical necessity. Additionally, home health agencies must work assiduously to prevent harmful coding errors that lead to noncompliance, unreliable case mix, inaccurate portrayal of patients' health status… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding

CMS Issues Home Health Proposed Rule: 2012 Payment Rates & More

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has officially published the proposed rule regarding 2012 payment rates. The proposal includes some revisions to the face-to-face rule and the therapy assessment rule. Today, we share the most notable aspects of the rule provided by the National Association of Home Care &… Read more ›

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5 Tips for Promoting Your Agency’s Cause Marketing Campaign

   by Merrily Orsini
Cause marketing is an excellent way for your home health agency to gain exposure while making a difference in the community. By simply implementing a cause campaign using social media, you can create a mutually beneficial relationship between your home health agency and a non-profit organization without breaking the bank.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Marketing, Technology

Join Kinnser at Upcoming Home Health Industry Events: July 2011

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser Software is proud to exhibit at, and be a sponsor of, two key home health industry events across the country in July 2011. Today, we provide a quick overview of events taking place this month. We encourage everyone to stop by Kinnser's booth at these events to receive a… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Advises Billing Late Therapy Reassessment Visits as

   by Mindy Pillow
[Information provided by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)] Home health agencies are required to have each therapy discipline providing care to reassess patients on the 13th and 19th aggregate therapy visit in each episode and at least every 30 days for each therapy discipline over the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing, Therapy

Top-5 Kinnser Home Health Blog Posts: June 2011

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser publishes blog articles every week on the home health industry's most pertinent issues related to billing, administration, clinical, marketing, coding, legislation, technology and more. Today, we provide you with a list of the five most popular Kinnser Home Health Blog articles published in June 2011: CMS Confirms Indefinite Delay… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events