Home Health Coding Summit

Monday, August 16—Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Las Vegas, NV

Home Health Coding Summit is back in 2021!

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Coding is more important than ever before, and you deserve to be at the one event that will ensure you have all of the latest knowledge.

DecisionHealth is happy to announce the return of our annual and much-loved Home Health Coding Summit, to be held August 16-19, 2021 in Las Vegas at the beautiful Caesars Palace.

Coming together, coding together

Our in-person event will follow the format of past Home Health Coding Summit events featuring two concurrent tracks focused on coding accuracy (including COVID-19 codes), the importance of coding in PDGM, a look at new codes and guidance updates, strategies for professional development, process improvement around timely billing and gathering documentation and more.

After attending this event, you will be able to:

  • Get the latest Coding Clinic updates
  • Code complicated scenarios with confidence
  • Avoid compliance risks related to coding
  • Ensure correct payments in PDGM
  • Recognize opportunities to query
  • Deliver accurate documentation


BONUS:
 Attend this events and you will automatically be registered for the Home Health Coding & Compliance Virtual Summit! This complimentary event will allow you to review and retrain as needed—or share it with your coding team once you’re back in the office. Attendees will be able to access the on-demand content for 60 days.

Choose a pre-conference session for additional insight!

Revenue Cycle: PDGM compliance through proper coding

During this one-day preconference you’ll receive expert guidance on how to fully and accurately code in PDGM — ensuring you understand the codes that are no longer accepted as primary diagnoses and those that drive payment so that your agency is paid accurately for care provided during 30-day payment periods. Walk away with fool-proof strategies on how billers and coders can work together, understand what documentation is required to support proper reimbursement and avoid regulatory scrutiny, and a look into key PDGM data trends that illustrate how coding behavior has and hasn’t changed as a result of the pandemic and PDGM. Finally, wrap-up with an interactive session in which you’ll work through scenarios to understand coding’s impact on payment. Every team member plays a vital part in keeping the revenue cycle moving smoothly – understand how a coder’s role is most critical!

Compliance Best Practices from Intake to Discharge

During this one-day preconference you’ll receive expert guidance on how to implement processes and documentation strategies from intake to discharge to ensure compliance. Join our expert speakers and learn how to gather accurate information and detailed documentation at every step, establish processes that safeguard claims and prevent surveyor scrutiny, address and avoid top claim denials and survey deficiencies, and address the top 10 documentation mistakes before they result in a denied claim or ADR. Finally wrap-up with an interactive session in which you’ll work through scenarios to ensure you’re securing accurate and compliant documentation. Thorough and reliable processes have never been more important for the success of your agency!


Everything you need to know for ethical coding

Stay up-to-date with all the latest coding guidance to ensure you are complying with home health regulations at the DecisionHealth’s annual Home Health Coding Summit. We’ll cover regulatory updates, focus on the most important disease states, share best practices for protecting yourself from audits, and cover strategies to ensure the safety of your agency’s reimbursement.

Develop an understanding of how to navigate the correct use of COVID-19 codes, speed up the billing process by collaborating with all parties involved to gather documentation and avoid Medicare audit risks related to coding. Participate in practice scenarios with coding experts to work on your coding and ensure you are doing the most you can to ensure accurate payments the first time and every time.

Event details:

As always, the Home Health Coding Summit provides continental breakfast, lunch, food and beverages during networking breaks, and an opening night cocktail reception, all included with registration. You will also have access to an app that includes, a session planner, and unparalleled networking with your peers, plus printed materials of conference sessions while on-site.

New this year: As a value-added supplement, we’re offering online-only bonus presentations that participants can enjoy when they return home.

We hope to see you in person once again in Vegas!

Home Health Coding Summit

Agenda


Pre-Conference: Monday, August 16, 2021

Pre-Conference 1

Revenue Cycle: PDGM Compliance Through Proper Coding
8:10 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. 

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Understand and Master the Codes That Drive Payment in PDGM
9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 
Sherri Parson RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H, Post-Acute Education Senior Manager with McBee Associates, Inc.
Review how unacceptable codes, primary diagnosis designations, and comorbidity listings have been impacting payments under PDGM. In this session, you will walk you through examples of where coders continue to get tripped up when completing key pieces of documentation, and gain a better understanding of how to treat special circumstances such as complications, symptoms codes, proper sequencing, and more.

Tool: Coding review checklist

Revenue Cycle: PDGM Compliance Through Proper Coding
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

Best Strategies for Billers and Coders to Work Together
10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. 
Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer
Every team member plays a part in keeping the revenue cycle moving smoothly. Learn how staff can work collaboratively in every step of the process to move claims efficiently and accurately and ensure accurate payments. Learn the key elements impacting the payment of PDGM claims.

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. 

PDGM Data Trends That Impact Coding and Payment
12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Chris Attaya, Vice President, Product Strategy – Strategic Healthcare Programs
Almost two years into PDGM, now is the critical time to stop and look at how coding behavior has or hasn’t changed as a result of the pandemic and PDGM. Measure your agency against others across the country on key benchmarks related to primary diagnosis, comorbidity adjustments, LUPAs, functional impairment, and more.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Connect the Dots: OASIS, Coding, and Payment
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Karen Tibbs, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, Senior Quality Manager – OASIS & Coding, McBee Associates
The diagnosis codes your agency chooses as well as responses to certain functional OASIS items drive your episode payments under PDGM. Understand what documentation is required to support proper reimbursement and avoid regulatory scrutiny. This session will discuss the crucial role of the plan of care to connect the patient’s assessment with documentation and delivery of care. Discover methods to increase clinician accountability for timely, accurate, and complete patient information.

Interactive Session: Work Through Scenarios to Understand Coding’s Impact on Payment
3:50 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Working through scenarios that show how the codes you choose can impact payment is the best way to ensure that you have the processes in place to get paid correctly for the care you provide. During this session, you will walk through scenarios—from assessment to claims submission—to learn how making different coding choices can lead to different clinical and financial outcomes and in some cases present compliance risks.

 

Pre-Conference 2

Compliance Best Practices from Intake to Discharge
8:10 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Working Together: Navigating Change and Challenge as a Team
9:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 
Dee Kornetti, MA, PT, HCS-D, HCS-C, COS-C, Chief Operations Officer – Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
As a home health professional, you’ve come to expect change—new regulations, new interpretations, new guidance, new codes, new payment requirements. Then there are the unexpected challenges such as a natural disasters or pandemics, and all the complications they bring. The more everyone in your agency can work together, across departments, the stronger you can be in adapting to change. Learn how to support one another and thrive in uncertain times.

Tool: Agency interdepartmental compliance checklist

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

From Intake to Discharge: Establish Processes That Safeguard Claims and Prevent Survey Scrutiny
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Arlene Maxim, RN, HCS-C, Home Health and Hospice Expert – A.D. Maxim Holdings, LLC
Thorough and reliable processes have never been more important for the success of your agency. Learn how to gather accurate information and detailed documentation at every step and you will ensure that all aspects of care run smoothly, from intake to discharge.

Tools: Re-engineering discharge (RED) for home health & Enhanced intake process form

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Address and Avoid Top Claim Denials and Survey Deficiencies
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Robert W. Markette Jr., JD, CHC, HCS-C, Attorney – Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman
A denied claim is the last thing you want to see after you’ve already spent time and resources delivering care. And survey deficiencies can be even more devastating. You can head off future trouble by learning from the causes of the most common home health claim denials and survey deficiencies. Addressing these issues before you drop the claim or greet a surveyor at the door will help safeguard reimbursement and prevent future headaches.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 

Ensure Compliance, Avoid Top 10 Documentation Mistakes
2:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 
Sharon Harder, President – C3 Advisors, LLC
Compliant documentation demonstrates eligibility, identifies the skilled care your patients require, and ensures ethical reimbursement. Poor documentation can undermine all the work your agency does to provide care for patients. Learn steps you can take to avoid common documentation pitfalls.

Interactive Session: Test Your ADR Response Skills, Secure Proper Documentation
3:55 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Sharon Harder, home health and hospice compliance leader, president of C3 Advisors LLC
Dee Kornetti, MA, PT, HCS-D, HCS-C, COS-C
Arlene Maxim, RN, HCS-C
Put your knowledge to the test in this interactive session on managing ADRs. Break into groups with your fellow attendees to work through a scenario to secure accurate and compliant documentation.

Tool: Patient-centered care planning form


Main Conference Day 1: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Track 1: Master Disease-Specific Coding

TRACK 1: Master Disease-Specific Coding
This track is intended for coders who have been coding in home health for at least 1 year and either plan to sit for their HCS-D credential or who became credentialed in the past year.

Master Disease-Specific Coding
8:10 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Get to the Bones of Ortho Coding
9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
This session will cover the most complex coding challenges related to fractures, joint replacements, transplants, and failures. You’ll learn the ins and outs of when to use Z48.0 – (encounter for dressings, sutures and drains) versus Z47. – (encounter for other ortho care) to avoid upcoding charges. Plus, you’ll recognize the importance of learning why and where it broke, when it’s trauma versus pathology, how to handle joint replacements that go right and those that don’t, and how to correctly identify when it’s a complication.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Every Breath You Take: Respiratory/COVID Coding
10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Delve into the challenges that coders face when coding COVID-19 patients and get tips for how to handle the long-term sequelae caused by the coronavirus. Understand the differences between “blue bloaters” and “pink puffers” as well the nuances when coding and documenting for different pneumonias. Plus, conquer the challenges of coding complex patients with multiple secondary conditions that impact the comorbidity adjustment.

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Getting Buggy With it: Sepsis and More
12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Learn how sepsis code Z45.2 impacts PDGM payments. Also discover the steps of coding sepsis and how to hunt down the correct code for the bug the patient has. You’ll learn what key documentation points to review, how to query properly, how to identify the types of bacteria, and how to find correct infectious codes. Get tips for what you can assume versus what you need to query for when coding infectious diseases.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Heartbreak Hotel: Hypertension and Heart Disease
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Stay out of the Heartbreak Hotel by learning how to code for complex conditions related to hypertension and heart disease. Choose the correct codes to ensure that your agency is getting credit for caring for patients in the MMTA Cardiac Category and get tips for deciding if the condition is rheumatic or non-rheumatic. Dig into coding challenges with the five types of MIs, CVAs and sequelae, as well as secondary hypertension.

Tool: Quick tips for coding heart conditions

Scenario Workshop: How to Code Straight From the Chart
3:50 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Work through patient cases from start to finish. You’ll use sample patient charts based on real-life samples and a coder’s notebook to practice how to complete the entire process, from the investigation, query, and OASIS review to correct coding directly from a sample patient chart.

NETWORKING RECEPTION
5:05p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Track 2: Take Your Coding Profession To The Next Level

TRACK 2: Take Your Coding Profession To The Next Level
This track is intended for coders looking to take their profession to the next level by gaining & mastering additional skills and competencies.

Take Your Coding Profession to the Next Level
8:10 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Identify Coding Red Flags in Government Audits
9:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 
Annette Lee, RN, MS COS-C, HCS-D, Founder – Provider Insights, Inc.
Learn about the latest government audits and what auditors are homing in on. Learn about the timelines for when programs such as targeted probe-and-educate review could be rolled out to the entire country as well as hot-button issues that auditors have been pushing. You’ll also learn how to
work with your billing department to respond timely and effectively to ADRs and post-pay reviews, and make sure the entire team understands coding audit risks.

Tools: Quick reference regulatory impacts with coding & ADR checklist with emphasis on the areas impacting coding

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Coding Is the Key to Revenue Cycle Success
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer
Coders play an important role at several stages in the revenue cycle. Learn the pain points in coding and compliance — including OASIS reviews, diagnosis determinations, and more — that can prevent full and accurate payment. We’ll detail coding’s impact on PDGM, discuss OASIS and when coding is and isn’t required, and outline the key elements of PDGM claims and the calculation
of payments. You’ll leave with tools to identify inefficiencies and steps you can take to tune up your processes.

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

EMRs: Conquer Coding Challenges & Recognize Benefits
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m 
Karen Carter, RN, CPCO, CHCA, HCS-O, HCS-H, HCS-D, HCS-C, Regional Director, Jet Health Inc.
This session will deliver tips for overcoming constraints that agencies feel when working with their your agency’s EMRs. Learn how to overcome the lack of information available to the coding and documentation review specialists, information scattered in different databases, and limited character space for documentation. Develop workarounds for triggers such as multiple discipline evaluations and nonspecific diagnoses that aren’t specific.

Tool: EMR audit template

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Fun & Games: Train and Engage Coders in a Virtual World
2:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 
Sherri Parson RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H, Post-Acute Education Senior Manager with McBee Associates, Inc.
In this session, discover new ways to make coders’ and clinicians’ training more fun and interactive — even in a remote work environment. How do you connect coders and clinicians, make them feel appreciated, and train them remote? You’ll explore how agencies are using drive-through celebrations, coding texts, OASIS tips of the month, and more to ensure that all clinicians and coders have the training they need.

Fun & Games Part 2: Put Your Concepts Into Play
3:55 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. 
Sherri Parson RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H, Post-Acute Education Senior Manager with McBee Associates, Inc.
Take a break from your notes and join in on the fun! This session will follow a format similar to the game show Jeopardy as it introduces a fun and interactive way to train coders and clinicians on key coding concepts such as the “code first” convention, coding late effects and sequela conditions, manifestation pairings and more!

NETWORKING RECEPTION
5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


Main Conference Day 2: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Track 1: Master Disease-Specific Coding

Master Disease-Specific Coding
8:10 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. 

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Stay Ahead of the Game: Get the Latest From Coding Clinic
9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 
Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, Executive Director, Coding and Classification/Executive Editor Coding Clinic Publications – American Hospital Association
Join the Coding Clinic's Nelly Leon-Chisen as she provides the latest updates on coding guidance so that you can ensure your coding is compliant.

Bonus: Submit your coding questions to mherr@decisionhealth.com by June 1, and we'll get them to Nelly so she can answer them during the conference. Please use “Nelly question” in your email’s subject line.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

The First Cut Is the Deepest: Wounds, Part 1
10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Take a comprehensive look at the patient to correctly identify and describe the wound being treated. Get answers to the most common questions around wounds. This session will energize you to follow the latest guidance and make sure coding and OASIS tell the same story about complicated wounds, from trauma wounds to burns to deep tissue injuries.

Tool: Quick tips for wound coding

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. 

Pour Some Sugar on Me: Diabetes Dos and Don’ts
12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Sift through details of what’s considered an allowable assumption versus situations when it’s necessary to query to ensure compliance in PDGM. Also, delve into which conditions can and cannot be linked to diabetes, and how to correctly sequence them. Bonus: Work through scenarios that will show how common mistakes can lead to lost money and compliance risks.

Tools: Diabetes coding quick tips

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Under Pressure: Coding for Wounds in PDGM, Part 2
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Uncover when to code pressure ulcers as primary and how it impacts payments in PDGM. You’ll also decipher the difference between diabetes, venous, and arterial wounds, and learn how to handle situations when the patient has all of them. Plus, put the pieces of the puzzle together to see how wounds work in PDGM to determine primary groupings and comorbidity levels.

Tool: Quick tips for wounds

Scenario Workshop: How to Code Straight From the Chart
3:50 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Work through patient cases from start to finish. You’ll use sample patient charts based on real-life examples and a coder’s notebook to practice how to complete the entire process, from the investigation, query, and OASIS review to correct coding directly from a sample patient chart.

Track 2: Take Your Coding Profession To The Next Level

Take Your Coding Profession to the Next Level
8:10 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. 

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Establish Formal Clinical Documentation Integrity
9:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 
Kimberly Searcy Gunter, BSN, MSN, RN, CDI-P, HCS-D, HCS-O, CDA – The Corridor Group
With the many initiatives and demonstrations CMS has initiated across healthcare settings, clean documentation is one of the key focus areas. And solid documentation can go a long way to prevent agency denials and support financial viability. In this session, you’ll learn where clinical documentation integrity (CDI) opportunities lie within an agency, how to promote buy-in, guidelines for agencies to follow, and how to get results.

Tool: Steps to CDI success

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Stay Ahead of the Game: Get the Latest From Coding Clinic
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, Executive Director, Coding and Classification/Executive Editor Coding Clinic Publications – American Hospital Association
Join Coding Clinic's Nelly Leon-Chisen as she provides the latest updates on coding guidance so that you can ensure your coding is compliant.

Bonus: Submit your coding questions to mherr@decisionhealth.com by June 1, and we'll get them to Nelly so she can answer them during the conference. Please use “Nelly question” in your email’s subject line.

NETWORKING LUNCH—Provided
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What to Do When Coding Guidelines and Conventions Collide
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m 
Brandi Whitemyer, RN, CDIP, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-O, Consultant, home health and hospice coding expert
What should a coder do when the ICD-10 coding conventions conflict with a tabular guideline? As many as 80% of coding errors are a result of this conundrum. During this session, take a deep dive into this topic to understand when conventions supersede guidelines and/or tabular instruction.

Tool: ICD-10-CM decision-making tree tool for coding conventions and guidelines

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 

OASIS Update for Coders
2:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 
Karen Tibbs, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, Senior Quality Manager – OASIS & Coding, McBee Associates
This session will walk you through some of the recent changes in official OASIS guidance, including the Q&As and more. Plus, find out what OASIS changes are coming down the pike and what you’ll need to know to continue to achieve consistency between the OASIS and coding.

Q&A With the Experts
3:55 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. 
Join conference speakers for a panel discussion and Q&A that talks about how the role of the coder and quality manager is changing as a result of PDGM and the pandemic. Get ideas for how to motivate and engage staff, train effectively, improve productivity, and more.


Main Conference Day 3: Thursday, August 19, 2021

Track 1: Master Disease-Specific Coding

Master Disease-Specific Coding
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Make Complication Coding as Easy as ABC…123
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
Break down the elusive 7th character convention to confidently decide when to use A, D, or S. Learn how to code complications such as devices, fractures, wounds, sequelae, and more.

Tool: Complication coding quick tips

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. 

Are You Ready for the HCS-D Exam?
10:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. 
J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, President – Home Health Solutions, LLC
Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, Owner – Therapy and More, LLC
During this session, you will take a 10-question exam with questions from each of the four testing domains used in the Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS-D) exam. You’ll have a chance to participate in live polling where we will reveal the correct answers to exam questions, and you’ll receive an overview of the HCS-D exam so you know how to prepare. Get familiar with concepts and conventions that are important to know in advance of taking the exam.

Conference Adjourns
11:50 a.m. 

 

Track 2: Take Your Coding Profession To The Next Level

Take Your Coding Profession to the Next Level
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. 

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Therapy Use in PDGM & the Pandemic
9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 
Dee Kornetti, MA, PT, HCS-D, HCS-C, COS-C, Chief Operations Officer – Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
The delivery of therapy under the Medicare Part A home health benefit has shifted within the PDGM environment, as well as under the weight of a prolonged pandemic. This session will provide a review of emerging therapy trends in home health including the use of telehealth as well as the increased role of all therapy disciplines. Walk away energized and ready to deliver the best therapy care in the home and community-based settings.

NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Coding Under the Hospice Benefit
10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. 
Brandi Whitemyer, RN, CDIP, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-O, Consultant, home health and hospice coding expert
Collect key information and communicate with the hospice team to ensure fast and accurate coding. Coders will learn how to find the most pertinent information to identify the appropriate terminal diagnosis code that is both compliant with coding guidelines and agrees with the assignment of the diagnosis provided by the medical director of the hospice or other appropriate physician. Learn about changes in coding habits for hospice and about related vs. unrelated diagnoses.

Tool: Non-acceptable primary/terminal diagnoses for hospice

Conference Adjourns
11:55 a.m. 

Home Health Coding Summit

Speakers

Chris Attaya Chris Attaya, MBA, brings more than 28 years of experience in the home health and hospice industry, achieved through a series of executive and consulting positions. Attaya joined SHP in 2014, and is responsible for product development and client relationships to help clients achieve increased operational and financial performance through the use of SHP’s industry-leading analytics platform and benchmark data. Prior to SHP, he was the CFO at the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and worked at Partners Health Care at Home as CFO and CEO.
Karen Carter Karen Carter, RN, CPCO, CHCA, HCS-O, HCS-H, HCS-D, HCS-C, Regional Director, Jet Health Inc. Carter has been a nurse for over 20 years. Fresh out of nursing school, she was able to realize her lifelong dream of working with children. Her first job was in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) where she was promoted to director and earned her CCRN, SANE, and child abuse certifications. Carter left the PICU to help open a pediatric home health division in Louisiana to meet the needs of children after acute care discharge. Since 2004, she has exclusively worked in home health and hospice leadership as DON, administrator, director of growth and development, corporate educator, regional clinical director, and area vice president. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations of multisite agencies, Carter has been active in due diligence surveys and in transitions during company buyouts.
Melinda A. Gaboury Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, with more than 28 years in home care, has over 18 years of executive speaking and educating experience, including extensive day-to-day interaction with home care and hospice professionals. She routinely conducts home care and hospice reimbursement workshops and speaks at state association meetings throughout the country. Gaboury has profound experience in Medicare PPS training, billing, collections, case-mix calculations, chart reviews, and due diligence. UPIC, RA, ADR, & TPE appeals with Medicare MACs have become the forefront of Gaboury’s current impact on the industry. She is currently serving on the NAHC/HHFMA Advisory Board and Work Group and is associate director on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Gaboury is also the author of the Home Health OASIS Guide to OASIS-D1.
Kimberly Searcy Gunter Kimberly Searcy Gunter, BSN, MSN, RN, CDI-P, HCS-D, HCS-O, is the director of the clinical documentation advisory (CDA) business unit for The Corridor Group. Her team delivers end-to-end project management, compliance, and education services to help clients stay abreast of ever-changing documentation compliance and regulatory requirements. Her team’s work regularly includes helping clinical and business leaders improve clinical outcomes, ensure patient and employee satisfaction, and achieve fair, full reimbursement. Prior to her current role, Gunter worked in clinical operations and quality roles. Before Corridor, her experience included education, quality, and technology development roles at industry-leading home care services companies.
J'non Griffin J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, COS-C, HCS-C, is president of Home Health Solutions, a Simione Coding Company. Griffin brings over 32 years of experience as an RN in home healthcare. She has served as a field nurse, director of staff development and appeals, and executive with multiple home health and hospice agencies. She has also worked as the regional director of operations and served as the acting compliance officer. Griffin is a seasoned educator, published author, and national speaker. She has been a frequent contributor to industry publications, including DecisionHealth’s Diagnosis Coding Pro. She has published several manuals and assisted with the composition of several online modules for coding and OASIS instruction.
Arlynn Hansell Arlynn Hansell, PT, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, COS-C, has been a physical therapist in the home health setting since October 1998, holding positions of field therapist, rehab manager, and quality/compliance assurance. As owner of Therapy and More, LLC, she assists agencies in achieving therapy documentation and practice excellence in order to better position themselves against auditors. The company’s consulting services further consist of OASIS auditing and coding practice. Hansell has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1995, where she recently served as the vice president of the Home Health Section.
Sharon Harder Sharon Harder is president of C3 Advisors, LLC. Harder oversees all home health and hospice client projects, the majority of which are focused on compliance issues including scheduled Medicare/Medicaid compliance audits, acquisition due diligence, preparation of responses to investigations, and labor/compensation issues. In addition, Harder was a founder of a successful pediatric healthcare company providing center-based extended care to medically fragile patients along with home health, medical equipment, and infusion services offered in partnership with major children’s hospitals. She is a frequent speaker on home health and hospice regulatory issues and has authored numerous articles on key industry topics, including recent contributions on Value-Based Purchasing, emergency preparedness, and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
Diana Kornetti Diana “Dee” Kornetti, MA, PT, HCS-D, HCS-C, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Kornetti now provides training and education to home health providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions, where she serves as its COO. Kornetti is the current president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)’s Home Health Section and serves on the APTA’s national Post-Acute Work Group. She serves as the president of the AHCC and a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts. She has served as a content expert for standard setting for DecisionHealth’s Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC) homecare coding (HCS-D) and OASIS (HCS-O) credentialed exams.
Annette Lee Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C, HCS-D, founder of Provider Insights, Inc., is a registered nurse with a master’s in healthcare administration. Practicing since 1990, the majority of her nursing experience has been in home health. For over a decade, she worked with the CMS intermediary, where she provided review and education on home health and hospice payment and documentation. Lee then founded Provider Insights, Inc. to provide consultation and education regarding Medicare reimbursement issues and effective documentation strategies, assisting providers with ADRs and appeals. Today, she marries her real-world experience and her inside knowledge of Medicare to ensure providers can meet CMS requirements and ensure compliant, efficient operations.
Nelly Leon-Chisen Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, is responsible for leading the AHA Central Office on ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and the Central Office on HCPCS. The AHA Central Office, in cooperation with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CMS, and AHIMA, serves as the authoritative source on ICD-10-CM relative to healthcare payment systems, statistical reporting, and health services research. Leon-Chisen represents the AHA as one of the four ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS Cooperating Parties responsible for the development of the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. She is also the editor of AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM/PCS and AHA Coding Clinic for HCPCS, and author of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook. Leon-Chisen has over 35 years of experience in the health information management field, including consulting, teaching, technical, and management experience in hospital medical record departments.
Robert W. Markette Jr. Robert W. Markette Jr., JD, CHC, HCS-C, is an attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC in Indianapolis, and over the past 15 years has focused his practice on representing home health, hospice, private duty, and DME providers in all aspects of their operations. Markette works with his clients on issues related to Medicare/Medicaid compliance, including state and federal survey findings and appeals; payer issues and audit appeals; HIPAA compliance; and Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, including developing and implementing compliance programs, performing internal investigations, and representing providers in external investigations and civil and criminal matters. He also assists clients with purchasing and selling agencies and addresses legal issues related to employment matters such as wage and hour compliance, investigations, and disputes. Markette serves on both the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance and the Board of the Association for Home Care Compliance.©
Arlene Maxim Arlene Maxim, RN, HCS-C, is a home health and hospice expert with A.D. Maxim Holdings, LLC, and is a frequently sought-after speaker in all areas of patient care quality, analysis, and administrative functions in the postacute healthcare world. She is a board member and vice chair for the AHCC. With more than 40 years of nursing experience, Maxim previously co-founded regional multimillion-dollar Medicare certified home healthcare companies, hospital-based homecare and hospice companies, and transitional care programs. Early in her nursing career, she combined her clinical knowledge with her homecare/hospice interests and began working as a consultant in the homecare and hospice field in 1986.
Sherri Parson Sherri Parson RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H, Post-Acute Education Senior Manager with McBee Associates, Inc., brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to her role at McBee as Post-Acute Education Senior Manager. Earning her RN license in 1994, Sherri started her career providing direct care first in hospital settings, including Medical Surgical, ICU and Interventional Radiology before transitioning to home health. Sherri has been an in-home provider of skilled-nursing services, as well as developing expertise in quality assurance, diagnosis coding, OASIS review and regulatory compliance. Sherri further developed her home health expertise as a therapy manager, staff educator, quality metric analysis and development expert. Sherri’s vast experience in home health prepared her for her current role where she is responsible client and staff education and development of McBee Post-Acute Academy. In addition to providing staff and client training and education, Sherri travels around the country to present at state home care association meetings, national events, and to provide on-site, in-service programs to agencies. Other accomplishments include adjunct professor and developer of a college Home Health Coding Course. Sherri has authored numerous articles and is frequently sought after for her expertise by publications such as Home Health Line, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health, Home Care Week by AAPC, OASIS & Outcomes Solutions and Home Healthline. Sherri currently serves on the AHCC’s Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance Certification HCS-H Committee.
Karen Tibbs Karen Tibbs, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, is currently the quality and education manager, OASIS and coding, for McBee. She has 22 years of home care experience with extensive knowledge in medical review, regulatory compliance, ICD-10, and OASIS accuracy. Tibbs is skilled in quality management, regulation and compliance, ICD-10 code assignment, OASIS accuracy, case management, adult education, and healthcare management. She holds a master's degree focused in healthcare quality from The George Washington University.
Brandi Whitemyer Brandi Whitemyer, RN, CDIP, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-O, has expertise in ICD-10 coding, postacute billing, and coding education, along with OASIS and outcomes management. She has more than 18 years of experience in postacute healthcare as the previous owner of a full-service coding and consulting company, along with experience in the development of coding, billing/revenue cycle, and clinical education resources for postacute care. Whitemyer has worked for the past 12 years as a consultant and home health and hospice coding expert, providing agencies nationally with survey compliance; medical reviews and appeals of Medicare denials; corrective action plans; policy development; revenue cycle and billing compliance management; coding and quality assurance processes; and coding and OASIS education. She has also contributed to and created multiple print and electronic product resources focused on coding, billing, quality management, and clinical best practices. She contributed to multiple print and electronic DecisionHealth publications and acted as the lead technical editor on the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Optum postacute ICD-10 manuals. Whitemyer is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance (AHCC).

Home Health Coding Summit

Location

Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

  • Room rate: $135 + $35 resort fee/night
  • Hotel cut-off date: Friday, July 23, 2021. Hotel rooms may sell out earlier than the cut-off date, so book early!
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For room reservations, contact the hotel directly and mention you are attending the DecisionHealth Coding Summit to qualify for the special discounted rates (+$35 daily resort fee). Note: Only a limited block of rooms has been reserved. To receive the discounted rates, reservations must be made by Friday, July 23, 2021, or until the room block is full. Thereafter, reservations will be taken on space and rate availability.

Simplify Compliance/DecisionHealth has no affiliation with any third-party companies or travel assistance providers. Rooms should be booked directly with the event hotel using the official information provided on the website and in the brochure.

Home Health Coding Summit

Pricing

Retail price: $1,295.00
AHCC Member pricing: $1,195.00
PreCon + Main Con (Kit): $1,769.00
PreCon + Main Con (Kit) AHCC Member: $1,669.00
Preconference A: $599.00
Preconference B: $599.00

Home Health Coding Summit

Continuing Education

Pre-Conference A or Pre-Conference B

Home Care Specialist—Diagnosis (HCS-D)

The Home Care Coding Specialist—Diagnosis (HCS-D) credential is earned by professionals skilled in classifying medical data from home health patient records. Coding specialists review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 6 HCS-D CEUs.

Home Care Clinical Specialist—OASIS (HCS-O)

The Home Care Clinical Specialist—OASIS (HCS-O) certification is held by clinicians who have demonstrated the clinical skills and judgment necessary to assess a patient’s condition correctly. HCS-O credential holders are healthcare professionals with specialized knowledge in applying clinical assessment findings to OASIS items. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 2 HCS-O CEUs.

Home Care Specialist—Compliance (HCS-C)

The Home Care Specialist—Compliance (HCS-C) credential is earned by home care professionals skilled in establishing, implementing, and monitoring a home health agency’s compliance program, specifically with state and federal regulations related to agency operations. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 2 HCS-C CEUs.

Main Conference

Home Care Specialist—Diagnosis (HCS-D)

The Home Care Coding Specialist—Diagnosis (HCS-D) credential is earned by professionals skilled in classifying medical data from home health patient records. Coding specialists review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 15 HCS-D CEUs.

Home Care Coding Specialist—Hospice (HCS-H)

The Home Care Coding Specialist—Hospice (HCS-H) credential is earned by professionals skilled in classifying medical data from hospice patient records. Coding specialists review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 15 HCS-H CEUs.

Home Care Clinical Specialist—OASIS (HCS-O)

The Home Care Clinical Specialist—OASIS (HCS-O) certification is held by clinicians who have demonstrated the clinical skills and judgment necessary to assess a patient’s condition correctly. HCS-O credential holders are healthcare professionals with specialized knowledge in applying clinical assessment findings to OASIS items. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 3 HCS-O CEUs.

Home Care Specialist—Compliance (HCS-C)

The Home Care Specialist—Compliance (HCS-C) credential is earned by home care professionals skilled in establishing, implementing, and monitoring a home health agency’s compliance program, specifically with state and federal regulations related to agency operations. This virtual event has been approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance for 2 HCS-C CEUs.

Exam Info

Want to learn more about getting a BMSC credential? Visit our BMSC Credential page to view the candidate handbook, browse study resources, and receive exam information.

Home Health Coding Summit

COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance places the highest priority on the safety of our guests. We will follow safety guidelines and advisements for meetings as outlined by the CDC and the WHO, as well as state and local mandates. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and wellbeing.

  • At this time, all hotel guests are required to wear a mask while in public areas of the hotel and anywhere that social distancing measures cannot be met.
  • Meeting rooms will be set to comply with CDC, WHO, and applicable locally recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV has implemented, please see the information listed on their website: https://www.caesars.com/health-and-safety 

Simplify Compliance will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment, the recommended guidelines, and communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.

Home Health Coding Summit

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