The Keys to Coding Complications and Late Effects

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
Conference Date
Thu, Oct 11, 2012
60 Minutes
Product Description

Don’t Get Disoriented: Make Sense Of Complications & Late-Effect Coding !! 

Over the years, the number of codes related to complications and late effects associated with health care conditions have increased as health care continues to expand. Coding these conditions correctly is important for research and data in health care, and can have an impact on the  rating factors for individual practitioners. It is important that all coders understand the differences between complications and late effects to enable them to search for the correct code. To assist coders to code these conditions correctly, the Coordination and Maintenance Committee made some key changes in the general and chapter specific Official Guidelines for ICD-9-Coding, effective from 10/1/2011.  While only a limited number of complications and late effects actually receive case mix points in home health, tracking the incidents of these situations is of significant importance. 

Do you ever find yourself a little lost as to whether something is a complication or a late effect? If yes, then you should join this session presented by expert Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D,  HCS-O, who will aid you in differentiating coding for complications and late effects – including how they are defined, where to find the codes, when to use them plus,  case example illustrations and applications. As a part of this session, you will receive a quick reference to complications and late effects.  

Here's a look at what will be covered:

  • Definition and basic guidelines for coding complications – when should I choose a complication code?  
  • The 10/1/2011 changes to the general and chapter specific ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting  of complications and how these impact our coding practice.
  • Identification of a sampling of complication codes with an emphasis on changes within the last two years.
  • The 10/1/2011late effect changes within the general and chapter specific ICD-9-CM  Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting late effects and the impact on our practice.
  • Definitions and general rules related to selection of a late effect code that dictate where I find these codes, and when to use them.
  • Determining whether illustrative examples are complications or late effects as well as applying the appropriate coding concepts to selected case examples.

Who should attend? This session is a must for coders, quality review staff, case managers  and clinical staff who are responsible for identifying and determining the order of diagnoses for their patients, even if they do not have to personally assign the ICD-9-CM.

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About Our Speaker

Judy Adams - Home Health Coding Expert

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.

In 2009, she opened her own education and consultation company with a primary focus on...   More Info
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