Kinnser Blog

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 ›

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

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 ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding

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 ›

Filed Under: Clinical, News and Events, Technology

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 ›

Filed Under: News and Events

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 ›

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

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 ›

Filed Under: News and Events, Technology

Our Valentine’s Day Card to Caregivers

   by Blair Stokes
Caregivers, we know you take your work to heart. Caregiving is a challenging profession, but you do it anyway and provide vital care for those who need it most. Your compassion means the world to the patients and families who rely on you. This Valentine’s Day, we want to show… Read more ›

Filed Under: News and Events

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

CMS Issues New Conditions of Participation for Home Health

   by Blair Stokes
NEW WEBINAR: Get ready for the new CoPs with industry experts Sharon Harder and Jill Dyer. Click here to register. 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… 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 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