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Archive: April 2012

Top Home Health Blog Posts: April 2012

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser publishes blog articles weekly 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 April 2012: Documentation of Medicare Claims: New… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

CMS Releases First HH CAHPS Survey Data to Public

   by Karen Brooks
Few things can make or break a home health agency's ability to care for patients quite like its quality of service - and a happy, healthy patient is not only a success for an agency, but also an advocate for the work you do. This is one of the many… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical

Worksite Safety Analysis: Are Your Employees At Risk?

   by Karen Brooks
Home health professionals face dangers on the job every day, heading into unpredictable environments all alone and dealing with an array of patients, family members and neighborhood characters who could do them harm. Even though violence is considered the exception to the norm, experts advise that home health and hospice… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

Proposed Delay in ICD-10 Code Sets Gives Home Health Agencies Some Space

   by Karen Brooks
Home health agencies will get some breathing room as they struggle to comply with myriad new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements and updates. The deadline to be ready for implementation of the new ICD-10 code sets is likely to be delayed for one year, officials at the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding

Upcoming Home Health Events: April 2012 (Part 2)

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser is proud to exhibit at, and be a sponsor of, several key home health industry events across the country in April 2012. Today, we provide a quick overview of the events taking place at the end of the month. 2012 Southwest Regional Home Care Conference & Exhibition Dates: April… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

How to Create or Overhaul a Home Healthcare Provider Safety Program at Your Agency

   by Karen Brooks
Violence can happen anywhere and at any time when you are out in the community, and even the most prepared home care professional can be victimized. To lessen the likelihood that violence can occur to your employees, experts recommend that agencies have plans in place to deal with such incidents… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical

Violence in the Field: 37 Safety Tips for Home Healthcare Providers

   by Karen Brooks
Every year, half a million nurses are victims of violent crimes, including clinicians in the home health industry. Home care providers face unique risks because they typically do their work without partners or backup, in highly volatile and unpredictable situations, or in private homes that may not have adequate security,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

Documentation of Medicare Claims: New OIG Report Shows Strengths, Weaknesses for HHAs

   by Karen Brooks
With the explosion in the demand for home care and the burgeoning home health industry increasingly under the microscope as a result, it is more important than ever before for agencies to make sure their documentation for Medicare claims is flawless. Evidence of that can be found in a recent… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding

Upcoming Home Health Events: April 2012 (Part 1)

   by Mindy Pillow
Are you ready to boost your industry knowledge and find new products and services to help you survive and thrive in today's challenging environment? We encourage you to attend some of the upcoming education programs geared specifically for home health professionals. Kinnser is proud to exhibit at, and be a… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Violence in the Field: The Dangers Faced By Home Healthcare Providers

   by Karen Brooks
It's the mission of home healthcare providers to protect and care for their patients, and agencies have solid procedures and priorities to support them in carrying out that mission. But what about their own personal safety? Is there protection from the risks they encounter on the job, like crime or… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

Top Home Health Blog Posts: March 2012

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser publishes blog articles weekly 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 March 2012: Understanding Medicare PPS Episode Payment… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Non-Covered Charges: What Every Home Health Agency Should Know

   by Karen Brooks
Are you struggling to handle visits that do not meet the therapy reassessment requirements? One common question for home health agencies is whether it's required, or even necessary, to include non-covered visits on Medicare claims - and it's an increasingly relevant question with the recent advent of new therapy reassessment… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing