ExpiredSeries for Beginner Hospice Coders Presented by Joan Usher

  • September 22, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • September 29, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

September 22 & 29, 2020 2:00-3:30 pm (90 minutes) Recording Included

Coding continues to be important for hospices – coding of not just the terminal diagnosis but related and unrelated comorbidities. Hospice must consider the principal diagnosis of the patient, all other health conditions, whether related or unrelated to the terminal condition, and all clinically relevant information supporting all diagnoses.  The coder must be properly trained to ensure all diagnoses are coded correctly and to the highest level of specificity.


Laterality & specificity are required for accurate coding and lack of details as well as coding the appropriate comorbidities may impact future hospice payment models. For optimum coding, all levels of staff need to be involved: Admissions staff, Clinicians, Supervisors, and QAPI team.    Please bring your ICD-10-CM Manuals to class.


Fundamentals of Hospice Coding September 22, 2020, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Description:  Participants will learn how to properly & accurately code for hospice.



  • Learn to assign codes effectively using the 4-step method
  • Understand coding conventions and guidelines necessary for proper code assignment
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of investing in hospice coding


Hospice Specific CodingSeptember 29, 2020, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

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



  • Review how to code the terminal illness and associated comorbidities
  • Identify correct coding for common diagnoses in hospice
    • Review of how to properly code a neoplasm using the table and tabular listing
    • Examine coding for neuro & circulatory diagnoses: ALS; CHF, CAD, Sequelae of CVA, end stage cardiac
    • Examine coding for respiratory & genitourinary diagnoses: COPD, emphysema, ESRD, Acute renal failure, liver disease
  • Practice how to code utilizing Test Your Knowledge case studies



Presenter: Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, HCS-D, ACE, President, JLU Health Record Systems is a nationally recognized AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM trainer and certified Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis coder from the Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC).   Joan has a degree in Health Information Management and has been a home health consultant for over 30 years. She has educated more than 20,000 people nationwide on coding.  Joan is past president of the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) and an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Usher is a past Board of Director Home Care Alliance of MA  and is a current Board of Director of Hospice & Palliative Care of MA for over 9 years.   Joan’s webinars consistently earn outstanding reviews from participants.

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