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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

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

Kinnser Makes Headlines with Electronic Visit Verification

   by Chip Schneider
  Kinnser VisitVerify™ in the News... Kinnser VisitVerify™ has been getting a lot of great news coverage recently.  VisitVerify is Kinnser’s new electronic visit verification solution that is integrated into Agency Manager™ and Therapy Manager™. Articles in The Detroit News, Home Health Care News, and others are bringing attention to… Read more ›

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

Treating Pain in Dementia Patients: A Unique Challenge

   by Karen Brooks
One of the most challenging things faced by a home health clinician is determining whether a patient with dementia is experiencing pain, identifying where that pain is coming from, and evaluating how best to treat it - all the while recognizing many therapies can potentially harm persons with dementia, experts… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Therapy

An Overview of the 2013 Proposed Rule: What You Can Do to Prepare Now

   by J'non Griffin
As most have heard by now, the 2013 Proposed Rule was released on Friday, July 6, 2012. There is a lot of talk about the final bottom line of a decrease of 0.10 percent to the standardized 60-day episodic rate. For those who have not participated in HH-CAHPS, this will… Read more ›

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMS Issues the 2012 Final Rule

   by Mindy Pillow
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule regarding 2012 payment rates late Monday, October 31. Click here to view the 2012 Final Rule. Today, we provide a few details outlined in the recent NAHC Report article (members only link). Stay tuned to the Home Health… Read more ›

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

Join Kinnser Software at the 2012 CMS Final Rules Seminar, November 10-11

   by Mindy Pillow
Kinnser Software is proud to exhibit at, and be a sponsor of, the "Mission Possible: Change or Self Destruct" 2012 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rules Seminar facilitated by Petria McKelvey, CEO, Precision Medical Billing. This informative 2-day seminar will take place November 10-11, 2011 in Chandler… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, News and Events, Therapy

CMS Advises Billing Late Therapy Reassessment Visits as

   by Mindy Pillow
[Information provided by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)] Home health agencies are required to have each therapy discipline providing care to reassess patients on the 13th and 19th aggregate therapy visit in each episode and at least every 30 days for each therapy discipline over the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Billing, Therapy

Recent CMS Updates and Q&A Guidance: F2F Encounters, OASIS-C Reporting and Therapy Requirements

   by Mindy Pillow
At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) latest Open Door Forum, listeners received important updates and answers to frequently asked questions regarding face-to-face encounters (F2F), OASIS-C reporting and home health therapy requirements. Today, we provide a list of key takeaways from the National Association for Home Care &… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, Clinical, Therapy