3 Million Patient Visits Verified Using Tablet & GPS Software Kinnser VisitVerify®
AUSTIN, TX–(Mar 11, 2015) – Kinnser Software, Inc., the national software leader in clinical and business solutions for home care and hospice, today reported a milestone in the home health industry’s efforts to fight visit fraud — 3 million verified patient visits using Kinnser VisitVerify®, the company’s electronic visit verification (EVV) solution. This milestone demonstrates the proactive commitment of home health providers to definitively document the care they provide to homebound patients and their preference for the Kinnser solution. (Read this release on Marketwired.com.)
With Kinnser VisitVerify, a home health clinician using a tablet computer at a patient’s home simply has the patient sign the device screen. The software immediately documents the physical location — using GPS — and the date & time of the signature, providing proof that the healthcare visit took place. Because the software is web-based, the data is instantly accessible by agency administrators and other members of the care team. If a family member, Medicare surveyor, physician, or other authorized person needs to know if a visit took place, the agency can respond immediately and with definitive proof. More than 11,000 home health clinicians in 31 states are using Kinnser VisitVerify.
“By embracing Kinnser VisitVerify, the home health industry has sent a clear message that they intend to operate efficiently and fight fraud,” said Christopher Hester, founder and president of Kinnser Software. “The overwhelming majority of home health agencies provide care to homebound seniors with complete integrity and accountability. Kinnser VisitVerify is a trusted tool these agencies can use to definitively prove the great care they provide.”
The home health industry is comprised of approximately 12,000 home health agencies that provide skilled nursing care and therapy services in patients’ homes. Most patients receive home health care after being discharged from the hospital or because they require rehabilitation services. Medicare-eligible patients 65 years of age and older make up the majority of the approximately 4.7 million patients receiving home health services per year.
Combatting Medicare fraud is a critical focus of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, which established the HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 2007. Since then, Strike Force operations have charged almost 1,900 defendants who collectively falsely billed the Medicare program around $6 billion.
Kinnser VisitVerify is a companion product to Kinnser Agency Manager, Kinnser’s flagship web-based software solution for home health agencies. Few software vendors serving home health offer a visit verification solution that is fully integrated into the software used by both the clinical and agency clerical staff. Kinnser was founded to develop software solutions that improve the quality and delivery of home health care. With innovative tools like Kinnser VisitVerify the company helps clinicians deliver better care and makes home health care more efficient and affordable.
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