Customers of Kinnser Hospice® prepared to begin using the HIS on July 1, 2014.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Kinnser Software, a national leader in clinical and business software solutions for home health and hospice, announces its readiness for the Hospice Item Set (the HIS), a new compliance requirement affecting all Medicare-certified hospice admissions and discharges starting July 1, 2014. The HIS is a component of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)––part of the Affordable Care Act––and is used to collect data on seven hospice quality measures. As a web-based, Software as a Service solution, Kinnser Hospice® added the new functionality without the need for a software download.

“Kinnser is committed to staying ahead of all compliance issues facing our hospice customers,” says Kinnser Software President and Founder Chris Hester. “Our readiness for the Hospice Item Set is simply the most recent example of our long track record of compliance.”

As a national leader in customer support and a leader in software expressly designed for hospice, Kinnser is providing comprehensive training and educational resources so Kinnser Hospice® customers will be able to comply with the new mandate.

Launched in third quarter 2013 at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice conference, Kinnser Hospice® was designed in collaboration with successful hospices and thought leaders in post-acute healthcare. Affordably priced, Kinnser Hospice ® includes everything hospices need to document, review, and export the HIS measures, in addition to comprehensive features that improve patient care and financial sustainability, such as patient-centric intake and scheduling, clinical charting, Medicare billing, and bereavement program management.

More than 1.6 million patients rely on hospice each year, and 90 percent of hospice care takes place in the home. Not only is hospice a compassionate form of end-of-life care to patients, it is also a cost-effective service that will play an increasingly important role in the national health care system as the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double by 2050.