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3 Things You Need to Know About PEPPER

   by Blair Stokes
Home health and hospice agencies can benefit from the comprehensive data available for free in their PEPPER. But first, you need to know what it is, why you should use it, and how to get it. Here’s what you need to know about PEPPER, the valuable report that your agency… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing

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

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 will soon take effect in Florida starting April 1, 2017. It's also still planned to roll-out in three other states (Texas, Massachusetts, and Michigan) on a yet-to-be-determined schedule. Agencies in Illinois have learned valuable lessons from the Pre-Claim Review project.… Read more ›

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

CMS Introduces 4 New G-Codes for 2017

   by Chip Schneider
NEW RESOURCE: Download Kinnser's G-codes tip sheet to learn more about the new codes and how to use them correctly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued CR 9736 with an effective date of January 1, 2017. This policy change retires two existing G-codes and introduces four new… Read more ›

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

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

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 ›

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Kinnser Software Announces All New Billing and Revenue Management Tools in Agency Manager™

   by Shane Anderson
The most extensive enhancement in Kinnser Agency Manager’s history includes accrual accounting, hard close, drill down reporting, and a unified workflow for all claim types. AUSTIN, TEXAS - Kinnser Software, Inc., creator of the most widely used software for home health agencies and hospices, announces all new billing and revenue… Read more ›

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

Can Your Home Care Agency Weather a Financial Storm?

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Even the best-managed home health agencies experience ups and downs. Whether it’s due to an economic downturn or because some large clients decided to take their business elsewhere, you need to have a plan in place to make sure you can weather the storm. This, of course, includes having cash… Read more ›

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

Winning Strategies

   by Steve Telles
  In order to withstand all of the challenges in the industry today agencies must have a strategic plan. A winning strategy that has been successful for many agencies focuses on: cost controls, productivity management, volume, payer mix, diversification, and revenue. Agencies must deal with the following changes impacting operations:… Read more ›

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

Update on RAC Audits

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On February 20th 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will "take a pause in current operations" in advance of procuring new Recovery Audit Contracts (RACs).  Specifically, CMS will scale down current RAC operations to complete all outstanding claims reviews and other processes before current contracts… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, News and Events

Hospice Experience of Care: A Change on the Horizon

   by Gina Mazza, RN, BSN
If you are a hospice leader in 2014, prepare for a wave of change that is fast approaching. This change will reflect upon the pay for reporting requirements necessary for other Medicare providers. In addition to the Hospice Information Set (HIS) requirements due on July 1, 2014, in less than… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing

Kinnser Case Study: How Advanced Rehab Trust Improved Quality of Care and Eliminated Billing Errors

   by Chip Schneider
SoftwareAdvice.com recently published a great case study about a Kinnser customer, Advanced Rehab Trust, a Medicare-certified home health agency located in Denton, TX.  Here's an excerpt: THE CHALLENGE Overwhelmed by the mountain of data they had to record, monitor and track, Advanced Rehab Trust looked for a solution that would… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Technology

Advance Beneficiary Notices: How ABNs Can Help You Avoid Pitfalls

   by Karen Brooks
An updated version of the CMS guidelines surrounding Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) is now available online, and home care agencies can use the clarified information to help steel themselves against unexpected costs associated with defective ABNs. There aren't any significant policy changes, but there is extensive clarifying language regarding HHABNs… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing