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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 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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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 ›

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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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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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The 50th Anniversary of Medicare

   by Chip Schneider
This week marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the landmark legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid, almost certainly the most important social-insurance programs in US history. To commemorate this important event, Kinnser is pleased to share an except from Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency,… Read more ›

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Dispelling the Myths Surrounding ICD-10

   by Alex Moganti
As of today, ICD-10 is set to be implemented on October 1, 2015. This mandated industry-wide change will affect everyone from providers to payers to software vendors. Home Health Agencies will be particularly vulnerable in the wake of the transition, since their reimbursement is directly tied to the codes they… Read more ›

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How Technology Will Help Home Health Navigate The Year to Come

   by Chris Hester
From ever-more complex operational, regulatory and quality management requirements to the implementation of new and innovative care technologies, the home health industry is set for disruption in 2015. Paired with stringent new compliance requirements and more complicated government reimbursement processes, one can see that home care it set to be… Read more ›

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Five easy steps that home agencies can take to thrive in 2015

   by Chris Hester
The great graying of America is officially underway. Nearly 300,000 of us are retiring every month, and will do so until at least 2033, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a big deal. For the first time in history, there will be more Americans over 60 than under the… Read more ›

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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 ›

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