Kinnser Blog

Archive: May 2012

Mobile Device Management: The New Strategy for Home Health Agencies

   by Karen Brooks
It is an inescapable and rarely debated fact that mobile technology has the power to revolutionize the home health industry - make it more efficient, more cost effective, more successful in its mission to take care of people. But the risks, real or perceived, can be a big concern for… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Technology

E-documentation: Stepping Into the Mobile Revolution

   by Karen Brooks
Anyone in the home health industry knows that it is impossible to overstate the importance of accurate and comprehensive documentation in the field. We also know that Point-of-Care (POC) documentation is not a new challenge, and that if we continue with the old systems, it will never get easier. This… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Technology

Upcoming Home Health Events: May 2012 (Part 2)

   by Karen Brooks
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 designed specifically for home health professionals. Kinnser is proud to exhibit at, and be a… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Cindy Krafft: You Want Therapists to Screen Meds, Not Manage Them

   by Karen Brooks
Home health therapists tend to be stressed when their supervisors tell them they are expected to manage a patient's medication, but it's really just a matter of message and communication, said Cindy Krafft, MS, PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Fazzi Associates, Inc. "When I was first introduced to this… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Therapy

Fill In the Blanks: Documentation Can Make or Break an Agency

   by Karen Brooks
Lynn Speckels, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C, learned this in nursing school: "If it wasn't documented, it wasn't done." These days, as a consultant for Healthcare Consultlink (and presenter at our Kinnser User Conference in Austin), Speckels still uses that line to drive home the idea that documentation can make or… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

OASIS Accuracy: Don’t Let Your M Items Work Against You

   by Karen Brooks
When it comes to tips on OASIS accuracy, entire books can be written on how to successfully navigate the M items that directly impact your reimbursements. These items - in the clinical, functional and service dimensions - are key to your plan of care as a field clinician as well… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Coding, News and Events

A Few Tips on Taking Your Agency’s Success to the Next Level

   by Karen Brooks
Every home health agency wants to succeed, but does your agency have what it takes to be at the top of the field in your area? In a lively session about building on successes in home health at our Kinnser User Conference in Austin today, Tim Ashe, director of operational… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Billing Expert: Don’t Rely On Medicare - Diversify!

   by Karen Brooks
Her nickname is the "Money Lady," because she loves to find money for her client agencies. And "Money Lady" Petria McKelvey, the vibrant and knowledgeable CEO of Precision Medical Billing, says that the best way for home health agencies to find - and keep - money is to diversify their… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing, News and Events

Home Health and the Prince of Funk

   by Karen Brooks
Did you know that your home health agency can have something in common with the artist (currently known as) Prince? Apparently, the legendary performer and his musicians were real sticklers for success - as evidenced by the fact that we just called them "legendary" - and they turn out to… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Texas State Sen. John Whitmire: Elections Matter

   by Karen Brooks
A bright and early breakfast with a longtime Democratic state senator kicked off the first day of our Kinnser User Conference here in Austin this morning - and the message was clear. "Elections matter," said Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and a state… Read more ›

Filed Under: Legislation, News and Events

Live From the Kinnser User Conference: New User Pre-Conference Kickoff

   by Karen Brooks
We're so excited to welcome agencies from across the country to Austin for our second annual Kinnser User Conference this week! Today's first Pre-Conference session for our brand new users was a wonderful way to begin three days of education, networking and collaboration. Our New User Pre-Conference was added to… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Tips for Creating a Home Health Provider Safety Training Program

   by Karen Brooks
A home health agency can have a top-notch violence prevention program and regular worksite walkthroughs to ensure that it stays current - but if the employees and supervisors aren't properly trained in company procedures, personal safety and record keeping, the program can fall short of its goal of protecting clinicians… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

Upcoming Home Health Events: May 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 designed specifically for home health professionals. Kinnser is proud to exhibit at, and be a… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

Putting Up Barriers between Workplace Hazards and Your Agency

   by Karen Brooks
Home health agencies that have effective violence response and safety programs can help lessen the likelihood that their employees are victimized on the job. A key component to those programs is a solid hazard prevention and control element designed to put up barriers between dangers and the employees - focusing… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy