Kinnser Launches New Software for Hospice at National Home Care Conference

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Demand Already High for Affordably Priced, Web-based Solution That Addresses the Specific Needs of Hospice Care

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"Hospice is a vital service with unique business and clinical needs, yet most software solutions available today were designed for other parts of the healthcare continuum and poorly adapted for hospice," says Kinnser's Founder and President Chris Hester.

Kinnser Software, Inc., Austin, Texas-based creator of the most widely used software solution for home health agencies, today launches Kinnser Hospice™, its new software solution developed with hospices for hospices. Kinnser President and Founder Chris Hester made today’s announcement at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice conference in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest event for post-acute healthcare providers. Hester reports that demand for the new Software as a Service (SaaS) product is already high, with many hospices signing up in advance of today’s official launch date. Kinnser Hospice carries forward the ease of use, efficient workflow, and collaborative functionality for which Kinnser’s products are well known, but is optimized to address the specific needs of hospice care.

“More than 1.6 million patients rely on hospice each year. Hospice is a vital service with unique business and clinical needs, yet most software solutions available today were designed for other parts of the healthcare continuum and poorly adapted for hospice,” says Hester. “Our new solution is specifically designed to meet the needs of hospices. We are pleased to announce it at the NAHC conference, and appropriately, on the first day of National Hospice Month.” Hester enlisted some of the nation’s leading hospice experts to guide the development of the new software, making it one of the industry’s most responsive, interdisciplinary hospice solutions.

Patrick Stonich, BSN, RN, Chief of Nursing with At Home Health and Hospice in Easton, Pennsylvania, was part of the consulting team that guided the software’s development. “I was hoping that Kinnser would build hospice software that would leverage the features of proven flagship products like Agency Manager™ and apply them specifically to hospice,” says Stonich. “And that’s exactly what they’ve done.”

Serving post-acute healthcare agencies since 2003, Kinnser Software has leveraged a decade of experience and customer relationships to build unique web-based solutions for home health, therapy and now, hospice agencies. This product distinguishes Kinnser from other competitors who have adapted software to “work” for hospice, resulting in awkward workflow, frustrated users, poor financial performance, and a less than optimal experience for patients and their families.

Affordably priced, Kinnser Hospice does not restrict the number of users, allowing all staff to access records in real time from any location to increase efficiency. Kinnser Hospice also includes patient-centric intake and scheduling, comprehensive clinical charting, Medicare billing, and many other tools to help hospices be successful, sustainable businesses without sacrificing their focus on compassionate care and family support.

Distinguishing Features of Kinnser Hospice – Adding Practicality and Comfort to Hospice and Palliative Care:
Bereavement Manager provides the ability to link bereaved parties to the patient record and manage the bereavement period in the same fashion benefit periods are managed. Using Kinnser Hospice, multiple disciplines can schedule and track bereavement-related activities such as emails, telephone calls, letters and visits.

Level of Care Manager is part of the patient record that gives providers an at-a-glance view of care that includes a color-coded calendar showing a patient’s daily level of care, as well as a tabular view of the total number of days at each level of care.

Benefit Period Manager allows the agency to manage scheduling for all disciplines, including physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides and volunteers.

“We are excited that Kinnser Hospice follows the hospice workflow and allows the entire Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) to document directly in the system. Since the team can access the patient record in real time from anywhere, hospice providers are able to significantly reduce use of paper and save money on mileage reimbursements, while offering a more compassionate level of care to patients and families,” says Kim Mahan, RN, HCS-D, Director of Nursing/Alternate Administrator with Graham, Texas-based Beyond Faith Hospice, LLC.

Launched during National Hospice Month, Kinnser Hospice is part of a major product expansion by Kinnser Software to support the success of healthcare businesses and improve patient care. Attendees at the 2013 National Association of Home Care and Hospice conference can visit Exhibition #207 to learn more and see Kinnser Hospice in action.

About Kinnser Software – Changing the Landscape of Post-Acute Healthcare Technology.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this month, Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results for the home health industry. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 1,600 home health agencies, therapy companies and hospices, and thousands of clinicians and staff nationwide to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations and patient referrals. To learn more about Kinnser Software, visit http://www.kinnser.com.

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