Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Indiana Wesleyan University
2530 Sir Barton Way
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40509


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1790 Vendor Way

Lexington, KY  40509





Annette Gervais
Kentucky Home Care Association



This two-day intermediate Coding Workshop combines updated information on recent Coding Clinic Guidance, overview of the new and changed codes effective October 1, 2018 with an opportunity to fine tune your coding skills on a variety of home health and hospice coding scenarios and an opportunity to get answers to your most perplexing coding challenges. This interactive session allows attendees some freedom from their daily schedule with its multiple interruptions to focus on expanding and polishing their coding skills.

There are 435 code changes effective October 1, 2018 with 247 new codes 137 revised codes and 49 codes invalidated based on the April 24th proposed hospital inpatient prospective payment rule. These changes affect nearly every chapter in the coding manual with particular emphasis on 45 new neoplasm codes, diseases of the eye an adnexa, injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external  cause, diseases of the digestive system, 8 new codes in the nervous system, expanded cerebral infarction codes, diseases of the genitourinary systems, more myalgia codes, revisions in the musculoskeletal chapter, signs/symptoms & abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, and factors influencing health status and contact with health services.  Home care coders will certainly want to learn about the invalidation of the current T81.4xxD and T81.4xxS codes for post-procedural infections and the 15 new codes proposed for post-procedural infections and three new codes for post-procedural sepsis to name just a few of the changes. 

In addition to 14 CE nursing credits, the program will also provide 12 contact hours of HCS-D CEUs   Plus, attendees have an opportunity to network with other coders and old friends working with ICD-10-CM coding for home care situations within KY.

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KHCA Non-Member $299


  1. Identify the responsibilities of coders
  2. Define the role of the physician, clinician and the coder in coding
  3. Discuss official guidelines and conventions including assumptions that can and cannot be assumed in ICD-10
  4. Identify when to apply the most common history, status and aftercare Z codes.
  5. Discuss coding for sepsis and infectious disease and the difference between A and B codes.
  6. Identify and correctly sequence a variety of neoplasm situations, including sequencing anemias associated with neoplasm situations.
  7. Identify and sequence a variety of codes for diabetes and metabolic disorders .
  8. Correctly identify and sequence mental, behavioral and neurodevelopment disorders.


  1. Correctly identify and sequence codes for nervous system disorders.
  2. Correctly identify and sequence a variety of codes in the circulatory system.  
  3. Correctly identify coding for respiratory system diseases with emphasis on COPD, pneumonia, influenza and asthma.
  4. Discuss accurate coding for a variety of diseases and complications in the digestive system. 
  5. Accurately identify and sequence codes for a variety of skin & subcutaneous conditions.
  6. Correctly identify codes for diseases of musculoskeletal system.
  7. Identify correct coding for a variety of injuries, complications and other consequences of external causes.
  8. Demonstrate correct code selection and sequencing for a variety of complication codes.

TAKE THE EXAM! August 23rd

 Where is the exam?

 Indiana Wesleyan University • 2590 Sir Barton Way, Suite 200 • Lexington, KY

Click to download the Exam Registration Form

How long is the exam?

The HCS-D certification exam is 3.5 hours long and contains 80 questions. 
* Effective October 1, 2017, all candidates sitting for an initial HCS-D exam or an HCS-D retake will be sitting for the 2018 HCS-D exam. The 2018 HCS-D exam includes the recently released 2018 official guidance

What’s the passing score for my exam?
The passing score for the
HCS-D exam is 76%
(Once credentialed, you will receive a one-year, complimentary membership in the Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance.)

What's the price of the exam?
HOME CARE SPECIALIST-Diagnosis exam (HCS-D) -Regular Price $329
KHCA Members receive 10% discount!

Complete Home Health ICS-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual
Retail $219 / KHCA MEMBER DISCOUNT $197.10
OASIS Form Companion
Retail $39 / KHCA MEMBER DISCOUNT $35.10
Certification Exam Study Guide
Retail $79 / KHCA MEMBER DISCOUNT $71.10

• AHCC is the community for professionals dedicated to providing quality care in post-acute care settings and establishing, meeting, and maintaining standards of excellence in their area of expertise. 
• AHCC’s credentialing arm, the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), offers professional credentials, including the only nationally accredited home health coding credential that tests coding skills exclusively, the Home Care Coding Specialist—Diagnosis (HCS-D), and the nationally accredited Home Care Clinical Specialist – OASIS (HCS-O).  
• BMSC has been credentialing home health coders since 2003. More than 68% of agencies require coders to have earned the HCS-D credential as a condition of employment. Increasingly, the HCS-O is the preferred credential for field clinicians.  
• The credentials are overseen by an independent board of home health and OASIS experts nationally recognized as leading authorities. Each board member has more than 25 years of experience in home health and hospice, and all are in-demand home health and hospice coding educators. 

oin us for this two-day intermediate Coding Workshop that combines updated information on recent Coding Clinic Guidance, overview of the new and changed codes effective October 1, 2018 with an opportunity to fine tune your coding skills on a variety of home health and hospice coding scenarios and an opportunity to get answers to coding challenges

Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O

 Judy Adams is President and Owner of Adams Home Care Consulting, Inc. founded in 2009 and provides clinical and operational consultation and education services to home care, home health and hospice organizations. 

Experience in serving clients

Judy offers over 35 years of experience as a nurse executive and consultant. Her nursing experience includes educational, supervisory, administrative and staff positions in a variety of institutional and community health settings.

Technical expertise

Judy’s experiences include working closely with regulators, third-party payers, occupational licensing boards and home care providers on numerous issues involving health and social supportive services in the home and community settings.

For the past 30+ years, Judy has provided a variety of  educational,  operational and clinical consultative services to large and small home care and hospice organizations in several states in the eastern half of the United States and taught hundreds of teleconferences and day-long workshops on diagnosis coding, OASIS, home health prospective payment system, coverage and documentation, and a variety of other clinical and regulatory home care topics for individual agencies, state associations and national organizations.

 Educational/professional involvement

Judy earned her degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been certified as a Homecare Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS-D) since 2003 and a Home Care Clinical Specialist – OASIS (HCS-O) since March 2011 from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance She also held the COS-C certification in OASIS from 2006-2012 and became an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer in June 2012. Judy regularly contributes to numerous educational manuals, videos and newsletters on a variety of home health and hospice topics.