ExpiredICD-10 Hospice Webinar Series

  • April 7, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • April 21, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2016 brings increased coding requirements for hospices – coding of not just the terminal diagnosis but related and unrelated comorbidities. Laterality & specificity are required now for coding and lack of details may impact future hospice payment models. For optimum coding, all levels of staff need to be involved: Admissions staff, Medical Directors, NPPs, Clinicians and QAPI.


Top Ten Issues for Hospice Coding (April 7, 2016)

Description: Review top ten areas where Hospices have errors in coding


  • Identify correct coding for the top 10 diagnoses for hospice
    • Discussion of end stage diagnoses: e.g. Cardiac, COPD, ESRD, Liver disease, cancer diagnoses
  • Describe documentation requirements for the top 10 diagnoses
  • Recognize correct coding of Test Your Knowledge case studies


What Hospice Medical Directors Need to know About Coding (April 21, 2016)

Description: Terminology and documentation needed by the Medical Directors & NPP to code effectively


  • Identify common documentation issues that lead to poor coding
    • Review of documentation on admission summary & physician narrative on CTI
  • Identify three strategies to effectively educate professional staff on how to document for coding
  • Discuss Test Your Knowledge cases to determine the level of specificity and laterality required for cancer & non-cancer diagnoses


Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, President, JLU Health Record Systems is a nationally recognized AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM trainer. Joan has a degree in Health Information Management and has been a home health consultant for over 28 years. She has educated more than 15,000 people in nationwide on coding. Joan is past president of the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) and has served three years as a delegate for American Health Information Management Assn (AHIMA). Usher is a Board of Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA. Joan’s webinars consistently earn outstanding reviews from participants.





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