CMS 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 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 attendees to ask additional questions that they might have. 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 and to ensure that Official Coding Guidelines are being followed and each patient is eligible for the hospice benefit.
This 90 minute program can assist your hospice agency with accurate and compliant ICD-10-CM coding to support the Medicare hospice benefit andavoid denials of hospice claims.
Why should you attend ?
Hospice agencies can quickly educate their staff about key issues in ICD-10-CM coding in their own agency without the additional travel costs associated with sending staff off site and the hassle of covering patient visits and operational needs of the agency that occur when staff are absent from the agency for several hours to attend educational offerings. This session will tackle some of the most common questions in hospice coding and address difficult diagnoses or situations that confront the hospice agency. It is imperative that hospice staff are knowledgeable in ICD-10- CM coding to assign the most appropriate codes for patients as well as maintain compliance with the Official Coding Guidelines.
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