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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

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

Giving Thanks for Home Care & Hospice Caregivers

   by Blair Stokes
Dear Home Care & Hospice Professionals, This November, we’re thankful for you. During this time of gratitude, we’re celebrating both Thanksgiving and National Home Care & Hospice Month by recognizing you and all of the life-changing work that you do. Because of nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, News and Events, Therapy

The Conversation Project: Talking About End-Of-Life Care

   by Blair Stokes
                        It’s a simple fact: We will all die someday. It’s a hard thing to talk about. In fact, only 27% of people have talked about end-of-life care with their loved ones — even though 90% of people think… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, 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

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

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

How to Use Organizational Assessments to Grow Your Home Health Agency

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
The home health care industry is growing rapidly and it’s only expected to rise in the coming years. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of home health and personal care aides will increase 70 percent from 2010 to 2020. To stay competitive in the industry,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Evaluation of Patient’s Ability to Self-Care Including Use of Private Duty Services – Part 5

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A – Interpretative Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.  This is the fifth in a series of articles about these interpretive guidelines. 42 CFR Section 482.43(b) Standard:… Read more ›

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

Is Your Agency Ready For Hospice Item Set? Your Time Is Up!

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Hospice Item Set (HIS) is part of the HQRP, which mandates that Medicare-certified hospices must submit quality data to CMS. As of July 1, 2014, all hospice care providers are required to have a HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record for each patient. Hospice Item Set is a necessary data collection tool… Read more ›

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