The first official update to ICD-10-CM codes became effective on October 1, 2016. All hospice agencies need to be aware of the new, changed and deleted codes to avoid having claims rejected for an improper diagnosis code. In addition to changes in actual diagnosis codes, 2016 introduced a number of changes to the official coding guidelines and interpretations related to coding.
CMS Hospice has implemented many changes in coding requirements for hospice over the last three years, requiring more detailed coding of both related and non-related diagnoses for hospice patients. There continues to be numerous questions related to coding and the 2017 changes have added more complexity for hospice.
This audio conference by expert speaker Judy Adams will provide a discussion of the most recent clarifications and updates to ICD-10-CM coding that impact hospice. Get various tips and illustrative coding scenarios that incorporate both new code situations and common questions that have been raised by hospice agencies. The changes to the 2017 Official Guidelines include several very significant changes such as the meaning of “with” when it is listed in the Alphabetic Index, Tabular List, or diagnosis statement.
This program will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the most common questions that have arisen over the last 6 months to a year and an opportunity for you to ask additional questions that you might have on hospice coding. While the hospice medical director has primary responsibility for establishing those diagnoses most contributory to the terminal condition, the hospice agency and the Interdisciplinary Group has a responsibility and an opportunity to assist in identifying all existing current diagnoses and conditions. It can also ensure that Official Coding Guidelines are being followed and each patient is eligible for the hospice benefit. This session can also assist your hospice agency with accurate and compliant ICD-10-CM coding to avoid denials of hospice claims.
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Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, has been involved in health care in numerous health care setting over the span of her career. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of home health care over the last three decades including direct clinical care, supervision, administration and quality improvement.