ICD-10 Coding for Hospice


This one-day training provides a dynamic program for hospice coding training in ICD-10-CM with the latest updates on coding specifically for hospice agencies. Attendees will come away with a great foundation in ICD-10-CM coding and its implications in hospice practice.

Start with an introduction to the ICD-10-CM code set, coding conventions, sequencing tips and chapter specific guidelines that cover all the chapters applicable to hospice patients. Attendees will have the opportunity for plenty of practice accessing the index and locating codes, identifying tabular list instructions, and coding hospice scenarios with common (and some not-so-common!) hospice diagnoses and conditions. There will be a special focus on the documentation needed to choose the most specific codes to describe the terminal illness and related diagnoses.

Attendees will leave with the ability to identify key points in the plan of care documentation, query the physician as needed for more descriptive information, and find and sequence the diagnosis codes appropriate to hospice patients and their care.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: ICD-10-CM Expert for Home Health and Hospice 2017 Coding Manual. Available for purchase through the CAHSAH Bookstore here. A limited supply will be available for on-site purchase.

  • Explain the relevance of final regulations regarding coding all diagnoses on hospice claims.

  • Explain hospice specific issues with coding, including related and unrelated diagnoses.

  • Identify changes in the code set effective as of October 1, 2016.

  • Prioritize diagnoses based on clinical assessment and planned interventions.

  • Apply specific sequencing rules as required by the conventions and Official Coding Guidelines.

  • Explain coding of diagnoses of infections, neoplasms, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, anemias, mental disorders, and the nervous system.

  • Explain coding of diagnoses of cardiorespiratory illnesses, cerebrovascular disease and GI& GU disorders.

  • Explain coding of diagnoses of the musculoskeletal system, injuries and poisonings, including the optional use of V, W, X and Y codes.

  • Describe the purpose and appropriate use of Z codes.

  • Use the coding manual to find codes and sequence diagnoses for hospice scenarios in ICD-10-CM.


Hospice Nurses, Therapists, Clinical Supervisors, Executive Directors, Medical Directors, Financial Managers, and Quality Improvement & Billing Staff who are experienced with hospice coding.


Teresa Northcutt, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H

Senior Consultant
Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC

Teresa has provided educational programs on OASIS assessment, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding, agency communications and processes, documentation, quality outcome improvement, and care transitions for regional and state conferences. With 35+ years of experience as Clinical Services and QI/Education manager with home health agencies (independent, hospital-based, and county health dept.), a hospital patient educator and quality improvement facilitator, and a program manager with Primaris, the Missouri QIO, Teresa brings comprehensive and contemporary knowledge of home care and quality improvement methods. Teresa joined Selman-Holman and Associates in 2011.


Cancellations are subject to 20% handling fee. There will be NO REFUNDS issued for cancellations received within 10 business days prior to program. Cancellations must be in writing. Refunds will not be made for no-shows. However, substitutions will be allowed. Should CAHSAH® cancel the program, a full registration fee refund will be issued.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP2463) for up to six and one half (6.5) contact hours of continuing education. You must be present for the entire workshop to earn Continuing Education Units. No partial credits can be given. Certificates are distributed at the close of the program.