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Webinar 5 Recap: Home Health Conditions of Participation Series

   by Blair Stokes
It’s a wrap! Last week, we aired our fifth and final webinar in the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) series. All five webinars in the series are now available on-demand, 24/7 at kinnser.com/cops. You can watch at your own pace, share with colleagues, and re-watch as often as you like. Watch Now — Webinar 5: Focus… Read more ›

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Webinar 4 Recap: Home Health Conditions of Participation Series

   by Blair Stokes
In our fourth Conditions of Participation (CoPs) presentation, Sharon Harder and Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O discussed the nuances in patient communications and patient rights. In the frequently asked questions section below, our presenters tackle some of your toughest questions from webinar. Sharon and Jill also highlighted some important breaking news that all… Read more ›

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Webinar 3 Recap: Home Health Conditions of Participation Series

   by Blair Stokes
We’re more than halfway through the Conditions of Participation webinar series. So far, we’ve covered the CoPs basics, plan of care changes, and QAPI programs for home health. During Webinar 3, Arlene Maxim, RN, Vice President of Program Development for Quality in Real Time (QIRT) delved into the complexities of newly required programs for… Read more ›

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Webinar 2 Recap: Home Health Conditions of Participation Series

   by Chip Schneider
The second webinar in the series Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for Your Success was an eye-opener. Renowned home health consultant Arlene Maxim, RN of Quality in Real Time (QIRT) explored the aspects of the CoPs that are sure to represent the most radical changes for agencies — the… Read more ›

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Webinar 1 Recap: Home Health Conditions of Participation Series

   by Chip Schneider
Thousands of home health providers attended the first webinar in the Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for Your Success series. Presented by renowned educators Sharon Harder, president of C3 Advisors and Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, consultant with J.I.D. Consulting & Coding, the webinar provided a thorough introduction… Read more ›

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3 Emergency Preparedness Resources Your Agency Needs Now

   by Blair Stokes
Is your agency ready? CMS’s November 15, 2017 deadline for emergency preparedness plans is fast approaching, and you can’t risk being caught unprepared. Now more than ever, both home health and hospice agencies need to be prepared for a range of emergency scenarios that could affect your ability to care… Read more ›

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5 Hard Truths About the New Home Health Conditions of Participation

   by Wes Little
By Wes Little, Director of Product Management for Kinnser Software The new Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs), scheduled for implementation January 13, 2018, represent the most significant changes to home health in more than three decades. The CoPs include sweeping changes that will require home health agencies to provide more patient-specific, outcome-oriented,… Read more ›

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CMS Hospice Compare Website is Online Now

   by Blair Stokes
Medicare’s new Hospice Compare website launched on August 16. Similar to the existing Home Health Compare website, Hospice Compare provides basic information about hospice care and the Medicare hospice benefit. The website also gives visitors the ability to compare a hospice provider’s quality of care to national averages and to… Read more ›

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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: What You Need to Know Now

   by Blair Stokes
When disaster strikes, homebound patients are often hit the hardest. Home health and hospice agencies must be ready to continue to provide medically necessary care — no matter what happens. Preparing for the worst means having an actionable plan in place, so now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will… Read more ›

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7 Home Health & Hospice Compliance Updates You Need to Know About

   by Blair Stokes
Lately, home health and hospice providers have had to stay on their toes to stay in compliance. But this isn’t the time to tiptoe around compliance issues that affect the way your agency runs. Industry thought leader Sharon Harder provides in-depth insight about these new issues in her new home… Read more ›

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3 Things You Need to Know About Face-to-Face Encounters

   by Blair Stokes
Medicare’s Face-to-Face requirement is basically the moody teenager of home health care regulations, lamenting “you just don’t understand!” While most teens eventually outgrow being misunderstood, the Face-to-Face encounter continues to be one the most complex and confusing issues in the industry. Continually changing requirements have home health care providers scratching… Read more ›

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Kinnser Innovation Supports the Quality Mission of Hospice

   by Blair Stokes
Hospice is one of the fastest-growing segments in health care, with Medicare hospice spending currently on track to exceed that of home health in 2017. Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are increasing their focus on hospice quality through initiatives like the Hospice Item Set (HIS) V2.00… Read more ›

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National Healthcare Decisions Day Reminds You to Make A Plan

   by Blair Stokes
It’s never too early to talk about advance care planning, and National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a helpful reminder that now is the perfect time to make a plan. NHDD is an initiative from The Conversation Project that emphasizes the importance of health care planning and invites the public… Read more ›

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CMS Delays Both Pre-Claim Review and New Conditions of Participation

   by Blair Stokes
Home health agencies across the nation — especially those in Florida and Illinois — can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that today CMS officially postponed both the effective date of the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and the rollout of Pre-Claim Review (PCR) in Florida, originally slated for April… Read more ›

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The Kinnser Community: Post-Acute Care’s Largest User Base

   by Blair Stokes
Got a question about using Kinnser? Chances are, another Kinnser user has had the same question, or better yet, can answer your question. For years, Kinnser’s online user forum has connected users to a wide network of knowledgeable peers. Now we’ve improved the quality of that experience for all of… Read more ›

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