The Art of ICD-10-CM Coding
for Home Health Workshop

Critical Concepts for 2018 & Beyond


This highly interactive workshop fosters ICD-10-CM coding confidence and competence by providing participants with opportunities to demonstrate understanding of the course content. Case studies and exercises reinforce participant knowledge as they are asked to apply guidance presented. This self-assessment ensures mastery of the critical concepts needed for coding accuracy. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in class discussions.

It is ESSENTIAL that participants bring a current ICD-10-CM Coding Manual to class to fully participate in this learning experience. Accurate code assignment is not possible without a coding manual.

  • Selection & Sequencing Criteria for Primary & Secondary Diagnoses

  • Use of Chapter Specific Guidelines for Accurate Code Selection

  • Discussion of New ICD-10-CM Codes and Guidance for 2018

  • Review of CMS’ OASIS Guidance for Home Health Coding

  • Preview of Coding’s Impact on the Proposed HHGM Payment Model

  • Application Exercises & Scenarios to Enhance Coding Skills


The most current version of ICD-10-CM coding manual is available through the CAHSAH® Bookstore at here or by calling 916-641-5795, ext. 113.

Source documents will be provided and reviewed at the workshop. This guidance will allow participants to further their education outside the class and arm them with the tools to research answers to questions that arise in their agencies. Mastering coding skills takes practice and knowing where to find guidance ensures coding accuracy and regulatory compliance.

This class is designed with intermediate coders in mind. We recommend a review of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for 2018, pages 8 – 18 of the document, found here prior to the workshop. These pages describe and define the Coding Conventions (Section I.A) and General Coding Guidelines (Section I.B). It is expected that intermediate coders already possess this foundational knowledge as it will not be the focus of this class. Your pre-class efforts will greatly enhance your learning experience.


This workshop is most appropriate for intermediate coders who are familiar with the foundational concepts of coding.



Sparkle Sparks, PT, MPT, COS-C
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor
Senior Associate Consultant

Oasis Answers, Inc.

Sparkle Sparks is a physical therapist working in home care since 1994 as direct care provider, staff educator, PPS analyst, OASIS and ICD-10-CM coding instructor and consultant. She draws from this extensive background to provide practical education that is both fun & effective.

Sparkle is nationally known for her humorous approach and ability to explain difficult topics in terms that all in home care can understand. She has served as an advisor to and member of the Board of Medical Specialty Coding. She is a graduate of the American Health Information Management Association’s Academy for ICD-10-CM Coding where she earned the designation of AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor. Sparkle holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.


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) and by the California Board of Physical Therapy PTB (Provider #3780) for thirteen (13) 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.