Register now for the free webinar Home Health Coding: Appropriate Use of a Seventh Character with Laura B. Waddle, RN, MS, HCS-D, BCHH-C with Foundation Management Services.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 2pm ET/11am PT. The presentation will last 45 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A session.

From the introduction of ICD-10-CM in the United States, the use of the 7th character “A” was reserved for initial encounter, meaning the patient was receiving “active treatment” for the condition and therefore excluded conditions treated in home health. Examples of “active treatment” include surgical treatment, emergency department, and the evaluation or continuing treatment by the same or a different physician. Conditions being treated in home health, that require a seventh character were to use seventh characters of “D,” “S,” or, in certain chapters, the options listed in the box above the code. For example, the use of “G, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing.”

During this webinar, you'll discover:

  • How the interpretation of the seventh character of “A” has changed for home health use
  • When it is appropriate to use the seventh character “A” in home health
  • How improper use of the seventh character will affect reimbursement and which codes using “A” are case mix in home health

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Laura B. Waddle, RN, MS, HCS-D, BCHH-C
Educational Consultant and Director of Coding-To-Go
Foundation Management Services

Laura B. Waddle, RN, MS, HCS-D, BCHH-C is an Educational Consultant for Foundation Management Services with over 30 years of experience in nursing education. She has been in home health since 2004, starting as a field nurse and progressing to Director of an agency prior to assuming the role of Educational Consultant and Director of Coding-to-Go. In these roles, she has the opportunity to participate in active coding of home health episodes as well as becoming familiar with documentation by many home health agencies.