I Passed My HCS-D Exam, Now What? A New Coder's Survival Guide - On-Demand

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Learn essential strategies to begin your career as a home health coder with confidence. Get real-world best practices for gathering and reviewing documentation for coding accuracy.

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I Passed My HCS-D Exam, Now What? A New Coder's Survival Guide - On-Demand

I Passed My HCS-D Exam, Now What? A New Coder's Survival Guide - On-Demand

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Presented on: Monday, November 6, 2023

Presented by: 
Claudia Baker, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-O, Senior Manager, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting
Elise Christensen, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, Coding Manager, Hartford Healthcare
Kelly Kavanaugh, RN, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, BCHH-C
Nanette Minton, RN, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, Senior Clinical Coding Manager, MAC Legacy 
Apryl Swafford, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H, QA Manager, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting
Pamela Wandrie, MA, CCC-SLP, HCS-D, HCS-O, Coding and OASIS QA Specialist, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

Learn best practices for reviewing documentation to support accurate coding.

As a newly certified HCS-D credential holder, guidance from an experienced mentor will help set you up for success. Join members of the BMSC exam committees to learn the real-world best practices that will help you start your career with a solid foundation.

Sign up for this live webinar, and you’ll walk through how to gather and review key documents to choose the correct principal and secondary diagnoses, discover the different types of referrals you will encounter, learn how to make certain that the documentation supports the codes chosen, and get practical advice about how to find the documentation you need in different EMRs.

Walk away from this webinar ready to:

  • Code home health claims with confidence
  • Parse information in real-world home health documentation
  • Sequence codes with confidence
  • Process different types of referrals
  • Understand how to navigate in different home health EMRs

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand key source documents, including the face-to-face, provider encounter notes, discharge summary, progress note, and facility documentation
  • Identify different types of referrals and how to find the needed information
  • Identify comorbidities
  • Identify a valid primary diagnosis
  • Locate the necessary information in different EMRs

Who Should Listen?

  • Newly certified HCS-D credential holders
  • People interested in becoming a home health coder
  • Agency home health coders
  • Outsource home health coders

Meet the Speakers

Claudia Baker Claudia Baker, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-O, is senior manager with SimiTree Healthcare Consulting. She has experience in the areas of compliance integrity, quality improvement, and managing regional and corporate operations. She has excellent leadership and analytical skills with a proven track record in compliance, regulatory oversight, and direct management roles in home health, hospice, and private duty settings. Of her 35 years in healthcare, 28 have centered around home-based services. Her experience includes development of clinical software applications for the industries. She also has extensive experience with consultation and education for home health and hospice agencies, specifically related to workflow process and improvement.
Elise Christensen

Elise Christensen, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, coding manager with Hartford Healthcare, has been an RN for approaching 34 years. She has spent almost 20 years practicing in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) setting caring for high-risk newborns. During her NICU career, she continued caring for some of her tiny patients as they transitioned home, thus beginning her home health career. She has now spent over 25 years in the home health industry. Her home health positions held include pediatric and adult field nurse, marketer, coder, and senior leader. For the last 11 years, she has been involved full time in coding and OASIS review, serving as a frontline reviewer, educator/mentor, and coding director. Currently, she is serving as leader of the coding and OASIS review team for a very large hospital-based home health and hospice agency. As a commitment to excellence, Christensen has held uninterrupted HCS-D and COS-C certifications for the past nine years and is a member of both AHCC and AHIMA in good standing.

Kelly Kavanaugh Kelly Kavanaugh, RN, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, BCHH-C, has been in home health and hospice for 30 years. She has worked as an agency owner & administrator, DON, and director of education; her experience also spans billing/claims, field nursing, marketing, QAPI, and OASIS review & coding. She has been coding & OASIS certified for 15+ years.
Nanette Minton Nanette Minton, RN, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-O, is the senior clinical coding manager at MAC Legacy. Serving in a leadership capacity for more than 20 years, Minton has held a variety of roles in the home care and hospice industry, including clinical, administrative, consulting, education, and agency startup and development. She provides day-to-day coding and quality support to the home care and hospice agencies receiving coding services. She also serves as a consultant for quality and regulatory issues that arise due to the complex and integrated nature of coding. Minton’s experience in the industry gives her a unique perspective and allows her to provide coding and audit knowledge firsthand to clients.
Apryl Swafford Apryl Swafford, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H, is QA manager with SimiTree Healthcare Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in home health. She began her nursing career in 1994 with a BSN from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and has worked as a case manager, clinical manager, and leader of a cardiopulmonary specialty program. Swafford is a certified OASIS specialist (COS-C) as well as having coding certifications in both home health and hospice (HCS-D, HCS-H). She has led multiple coding and OASIS classes for agencies, as well as speaking on topics of interest to home care and hospice agencies, such as OASIS-E, home health regulations, PDGM, outcomes management, and others, at many state associations. As QA manager for SimiTree, Swafford monitors the overall quality of coding, OASIS, and plan of care reviews completed by both full-time and contract auditors. She works in conjunction with the QA specialists and education department to identify topics of education to address any trending issues noted in QA reviews. She also assists with onboarding new auditors as needed and assists team managers with completing coding and OASIS reviews when volumes increase.
Pamela Wandrie Pamela Wandrie, MA, CCC-SLP, HCS-D, HCS-O, is a coding and OASIS QA specialist at SimiTree Healthcare Consulting. She has over 29 years of experience in home healthcare, with 23 years spent in the field as a skilled therapy provider. Her clinical experience includes a variety of acute and post-acute care settings, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. In 2016 she transitioned to a coding and OASIS quality assurance and education role. Her experience includes coding and OASIS reviewer mentorship, education development and delivery, development and maintenance of coding and OASIS assessments, as well as real-time and post-audit QA of coding, OASIS, and plan of care reviews.

Continuing Education

This program is approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC) for 1 CEU(s).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 11/5/2024


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