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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 and the new Hospice Compare website coming soon.

Big changes are ahead for the hospice industry, and it is Kinnser’s mission to deliver dynamic software solutions that empower agencies to provide high-quality care. Now Kinnser strengthens this commitment and prepares for the future of hospice care by introducing major innovations in its leading hospice product, Kinnser Hospice®.

“We’ve put a lot of focus on hospice because we see that there’s a growing need for a comprehensive solution that enables hospices to deliver data-driven care,” said Wes Little, director of product management for Kinnser Hospice.

After its introduction in 2014, Kinnser Hospice quickly became the industry’s leading software solution, and this year, it’s only getting better. Throughout 2017, Kinnser’s team of software developers and data scientists will introduce new functionality according to a robust roadmap with new releases scheduled quarterly. Our releases to date include updates for the new HIS V2.00, the creation of a new continuous care note, and the launch of a breakthrough in hospice quality reporting — Kinnser Smart QAPI™.

“Hospices using our software grew an average of 45% in 2016,” said Little. “Now, with the addition of Kinnser Smart QAPI, our customers will have the ability to make data-driven quality their new competitive advantage.”

Here’s a rundown of the latest and greatest innovations now available in Kinnser Hospice:

Design and Track Industry-Standard and Custom Goals with Kinnser Smart QAPI™

Kinnser Smart QAPI™ — a new reporting feature included in Kinnser Hospice — harnesses your hospice’s data in real time and visualizes your progress in dynamic dashboards. Save significant time by automating manual processes and tracking the key metrics that matter to your agency. Hospices can choose from a pre-set library of industry-standard metrics from HIS measures and the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). Using ESAS, Smart QAPI delivers actionable data on each patient’s condition, so you can easily identify which patients need increased attention and enhanced care. Kinnser Smart QAPI saves significant time by automating manual processes while also providing the tools and insights your hospice needs to achieve desired outcomes.

Easily Comply with New Hospice Item Set (HIS) V2.00 Measure Requirements in Kinnser

This new HIS version includes several new questions on the HIS-Admission and a new section on the HIS-Discharge, which contains questions about the final days of care when death is imminent. Kinnser Hospice software is ready for these new HIS changes now, so our customers will be too. To learn more about HIS Measures software updates, customers can visit our online help page.

Document the Need for Ongoing Care with the New Continuous Care Note

We’ve introduced a new clinical note that allows users to document and justify a patient’s need for Continuous Home Care (CHC). CHC note time intervals can also be customized to fit your agency’s needs, whether you need 15-minute, 30-minute, or hour-long time periods. Within each time interval, clinicians can now note their discipline, enter start and end times and dates, record vital signs, and add comments as needed.

To learn more about Kinnser Hospice, visit

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About Kinnser software

Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results to the home health, hospice and private duty industries. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 4,000 home health, therapy, hospice, and private duty home care providers nationwide. Kinnser helps thousands of clinicians and other staff in post-acute healthcare to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations, and patient referrals. 

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