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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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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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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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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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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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

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CMS Introduces 4 New G-Codes for 2017

   by Chip Schneider
NEW RESOURCE: Download Kinnser's G-codes tip sheet to learn more about the new codes and how to use them correctly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued CR 9736 with an effective date of January 1, 2017. This policy change retires two existing G-codes and introduces four new… Read more ›

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