Kinnser Blog

Archive: March 2014

Tips for Sending Protected Health Information via Email

   by Elizabeth Hogue
The use of email pervades the healthcare world today.  Without thinking, many providers send information all day, every day via email messages.  Providers must take extra care, however, with the transmission of protected health information (PHI), as defined by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). First, providers should consider… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Technology

Marketing Quality Drives Better Business: Show Your Home Care Agency’s Wares

   by Leigh-ann Heuer
Marketing at its essence is creating a strategy to generate interest in a product or service. In many ways, marketing home care is very different from marketing many other products or services. Most contemporary marketers are crafting messages and creating interactions for products that can fulfill an immediate need for… Read more ›

Filed Under: Marketing

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule: Highlights and Hidden Gotchas

   by Melissa O'Reilly
Did you know that there are HIPAA regulations governing your agency that have the potential to leverage such heavy fines that you could be put out of business if you are found noncompliant?  This article is the first in a series about some of the highlights and hidden “gotchas” that… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Growing Coders in 2014: Innovative Approaches Meet Ongoing Demand

   by Staff
This article by Torrey Barnhouse was originally published in ICD-10 Monitor. Click here to view original. Coder staffing has hit the proverbial brick wall. With thousands of coders consumed by ICD-10 training and thousands more actively involved in dual coding, clinical documentation improvement efforts, and end-to-end ICD-10 testing, hospitals and… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Coding

Update on RAC Audits

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On February 20th 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will "take a pause in current operations" in advance of procuring new Recovery Audit Contracts (RACs).  Specifically, CMS will scale down current RAC operations to complete all outstanding claims reviews and other processes before current contracts… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Billing, News and Events

Tablets Transforming Home Health

   by Shane Anderson
Recent coverage of Kinnser VisitVerify® in ADVANCE for Nurses. Read the full story here Nurses are trading in their clipboards and laptops for a new sense of freedom and job satisfaction with lightweight wireless devices. Tablets with electronic health record (EHR) access and touch screen capability for notes and signatures… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, News and Events, Technology

Is Your Agency Ready For the New Home Health Regulations?

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
The home health care industry will see several changes to regulations in 2014. Some of the compliance deadlines for these new home health regulations are right around the corner, so you want to make sure your agency is ready. Non-compliance can put you at risk for costly fines and other… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Coding