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Beginner Hospice Coders 2-part Webinar Series
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Category: Workshop

         2-Part Webinar Series for Beginner Hospice Coders

Presented by Joan Usher

September 22 & 29, 2020

11:00 a.m. -12:30 pm PST (90 minutes)

Recording Included

Program Description:

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 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 Coding- September 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 in nationwide on coding.  Joan is past president of the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) and active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Usher is a 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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Registration deadline:

Please register by September 14, 2020.

Payment/Cancellation Policy:

Payment must be made in advance of the program. Due to the expense of using the telephone/web hook-up, Webinar registrations may not be shared between agencies.  Your registration covers the access of only one log in to the webinar. Handouts and related materials will be sent to you shortly before the program to the email address you provide. No refunds for this webinar. You can replace attendees by September 14, 2020 by emailing [email protected] by 4:30 pm.