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Administration

CMS Issues New Conditions of Participation for Home Health

   by Blair Stokes
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the criteria for participating in Medicare and Medicaid home health are changing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new final rule for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on Monday, and changes take effect July 13, 2017. The final rule… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Top Home Health Care Resources to Jumpstart 2017

   by Blair Stokes
Navigating compliance changes in 2017 can be a challenge — even for the most efficient home health care agencies. At Kinnser, we know you have to contend with new regulations for OASIS-C2, Value-Based Purchasing, Pre-Claim Review, and more. We’re right there with you, delivering you the educational resources you need… Read more ›

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

OASIS-C2: 5 Things You Need to Know

   by Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
OASIS-C2 is the new version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2017. It is the beginning of CMS’s compliance with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, also known as the IMPACT Act. The IMPACT Act requires CMS to develop and implement cross-setting patient assessments from… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding

Pre-Claim Review for Home Health: 5 Lessons from Illinois

   by Sharon S. Harder
Pre-Claim Review has been underway in Illinois since August 2016, and it is still planned to roll-out in four other states (Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Michigan) on a yet-to-be-determined schedule. Agencies in Illinois have learned valuable lessons from the Pre-Claim Review project. Agencies in other states will be wise to take heed… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, Legislation

Communication & End-of-Life Care

   by Blair Stokes
“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.” ― Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End   Medicine is expected to save lives. But in cases of critical disease at end of life, patients often need… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Therapy

ICD-10: Why Productivity Matters Now, More than Ever

   by Chip Schneider
There aren’t many things that healthcare consultants agree on, but here’s one: ICD-10 is going to take a big bite out of your productivity.  And there’s hard evidence to back up this opinion. In 2013, two large and influential organizations in healthcare IT—HIMSS (the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)… Read more ›

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

It Takes a Village to Prepare for ICD-10

   by Alex Moganti
The ICD-10 implementation date of October 1st is fast-approaching, but not everyone is ready to jump back into the preparation process. A recent Kinnser survey of 230 home health and hospice providers revealed that 66% of agencies feel that they are “not prepared at all” or “not as prepared as… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Coding, Technology

Kinnser Customers Lead Industry Efforts Fighting Fraud

   by Angie Li
Since its inception in 2007, the HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, has charged approximately 1,900 defendants who, collectively, falsely billed the Medicare program around $6 billion. Fraudulent healthcare billing has forced healthcare providers to contend… Read more ›

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

Do You Understand the CMS Quality Strategy Goals and How They Pertain to Your Hospice?

   by Dodie Johnson, RN, MSN, NP-C
There are a great number of initiatives in progress right now concerning quality and patient satisfaction.  These are important concerns at all times, of course, but do you know why they are receiving so much attention right now? The National Quality Strategy was established by the Affordable Care Act and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical

Dispelling the Myths Surrounding ICD-10

   by Alex Moganti
As of today, ICD-10 is set to be implemented on October 1, 2015. This mandated industry-wide change will affect everyone from providers to payers to software vendors. Home Health Agencies will be particularly vulnerable in the wake of the transition, since their reimbursement is directly tied to the codes they… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Coding, Legislation, Technology

Five easy steps that home agencies can take to thrive in 2015

   by Chris Hester
The great graying of America is officially underway. Nearly 300,000 of us are retiring every month, and will do so until at least 2033, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a big deal. For the first time in history, there will be more Americans over 60 than under the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events, Technology

Kinnser Salutes Military Veteran Colleagues, Customers and Patients for Their Service to Country

   by Chris Hester
On this Veterans Day, Kinnser Software is proud to honor the millions of men and women who have served and are currently serving our country in uniform.  There are some 1.7 million veterans living in Kinnser’s headquarter state of Texas, and I am proud to be one of them. For… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Kinnser Software Acquires ADLware

   by Shane Anderson
Addition of software for private duty broadens Kinnser’s offering across the post-acute healthcare continuum AUSTIN, August 5, 2014 — Kinnser Software, Inc., creator of the most widely used software for home health and hospice agencies today announced that it has acquired ADLware, a private duty specialty software company of San Clemente,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Avoiding Clinician Burnout in Home Healthcare: What Agency Leaders Need to Know

   by Shane Anderson
Read the original article published in the Summer 2014 edition of The Florida Home Care Connection, The Official Publication of the Home Care Association of Florida. Clinicians across the entire healthcare workforce are at risk for burnout. Home health clinicians in particular face special challenges––long shifts, unpredictable point of care… Read more ›

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

Recent Coverage of Kinnser’s Reinvented Claims Manager

   by Staff
National home health and hospice software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Kinnser Software, Inc. aims to bring more simplicity and transparency to its clients who use the company’s flagship Agency Manager™ platform. Earlier this month, Kinnser announced that it had completely reinvented and redesigned all new billing and revenue management tools within Kinnser… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, News and Events