Kinnser Blog

Achieving Compliance with Face-to-Face Requirements

   by Kim Corral, RN, BSN, Ma Ed, HCS-D, COS-C
Compliance with face-to-face encounter documentation requirements has become a challenge for many organizations in the home health industry. Surveillance activities from organizations such as Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), Recovery Administrative Contractors (RACs), Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), and Supplemental Medical Review Contractors (SMRCs), as well as reviews and reports performed… Read more ›

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Update on Jimmo Settlement

   by Elizabeth Hogue
The settlement in the Jimmo case has received widespread coverage in the healthcare industry and the general press, but many providers; including home health agencies, therapy practitioners, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs); still have many questions about it. What is required of the Centers for Medicare… Read more ›

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How to Position Your Home Care Agency as a Vital Partner to Consortiums

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
Consortiums are a fast-growing trend in the health care industry, and many home care agencies want to get in on the action. Becoming a part of these consortiums, however, isn’t easy. Despite the increasing number of consortiums available, most home care agencies struggle to position themselves as a vital partner… Read more ›

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Kinnser Software Acquires ADLware

   by Shane Anderson
Addition of software for private duty broadens Kinnser’s offering across the post-acute healthcare continuum AUSTIN, August 5, 2014 — Kinnser Software, Inc., creator of the most widely used software for home health and hospice agencies today announced that it has acquired ADLware, a private duty specialty software company of San Clemente,… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

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

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 ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, News and Events

Metrics Matter: The Impact of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries on Medicare Home Health

   by Rich Chesney
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was authorized to initiate demonstration projects to improve healthcare utilization of dual-eligible beneficiaries. How will changes in the payment and delivery of services for dual-eligible patients impact home health providers? That’s what we discuss in… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

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

Is Your Agency Survey Ready?

   by Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
Having your agency “survey ready” is a struggle of most home health agencies. With the new sanctions, new directives by CMS, and the busy day-to-day schedules of home health agencies having a plan in place for surveyor readiness is crucial. One of the first things to remember in the preparation… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

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

Hospice Data Tells the Real Story in Rebuttal to Recent Horror Stories

   by Barbara Rosenblum
Contributing to a string of stories about questionable business practices by “big business hospice” is the Huffington Post article  “Hospice, Inc.” of June 19, 2014. This and other articles, such as a June 26, 2014, article in the Washington Post, all tell a story, but they do not tell the… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, News and Events

Develop a High Performance Team

   by Shane Anderson
Coaching is synonymous with leading. Think about that for a moment. Do you want to simply manage a team or do you want to lead them? When you are dealing with team fragmentation, conflicted ideas of purpose, variable levels of effort and motivation between team members, it is simply not… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events

Kinnser Hospice® Ready in Advance of Hospice Item Set (HIS) Compliance Deadline

   by Shane Anderson
Customers of Kinnser Hospice® prepared to begin using the HIS on July 1, 2014. AUSTIN, TEXAS – Kinnser Software, a national leader in clinical and business software solutions for home health and hospice, announces its readiness for the Hospice Item Set (the HIS), a new compliance requirement affecting all Medicare-certified… Read more ›

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