This program is pre-approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC) for up to 37.5 HCS-D continuing education units and up to 17 HCS-O continuing education units.
7.0 HCS-D and 7.0 HCS-O CEUs for Pre-conference Track A: Administrator’s Workshop
7.0 HCS-D and 7.0 HCS-O CEUs for Pre-conference Track B: Coders’ & Clinicians’ Workshop
5.0 HCS-D CEUs for Pre-conference Track C: Hospice Coding & Documentation
18.5 HCS-D and 3.0 HCS-O CEUs for Main Conference
Professionals who earn HCS-D certification are recognized throughout the industry as experts in home care coding. HCS-D certified coders possess not only a detailed knowledge of ICD-9 coding principles, but also the practical skills necessary to code at a high level of accuracy and efficiency. HCS-D credential holders know how to:
BMSC has developed the Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis for ICD-10-CM (HCS-D ICD-10) certification to affirm proficiency with ICD-10-CM medical coding requirements. The HCS-D ICD-10 certification is granted to coding professionals who demonstrate their skill to identify primary and secondary diagnoses from medical documentation, and report those diagnoses on a medical claim to the highest degree of specificity. Coding and reimbursement professionals who hold the HCS-D ICD-10 certification know how to:
There will be two options for coding professionals to earn the HCS-D ICD-10 certification:
BMSC has developed the Home Care Clinical Specialist – OASIS (HCS-O) certification to assure your agency has a skilled, knowledgeable and productive clinical staff. Going well beyond understanding CMS guidelines, HCS-O certification is granted to clinicians who have demonstrated the clinical skills and judgment necessary to assess a patient’s condition correctly and the knowledge to complete an OASIS-C assessment form accurately. Clinicians with HCS-O certification know how to:
For more information about HCS-O certification and study resources, call BMSC toll-free at 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.medicalspecialtycoding.com.
To recertify your HCS-D or HCS-O credential, you will no longer need to take a test. Instead, you will need to obtain 20 CEUs, which will include 2 online self-assessments (worth 10 CEUs) and 10 additional CEU educational offerings. For more information, visit http://ahcc.decisionhealth.com.
Study preparation materials are available to help you assess your readiness. To learn more about all Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance’s specialty certifications, visit www.medicalspecialtycoding.com.
Important facts about the HCS-D and HCS-O credentialing examinations:
For the HCS-O certification, candidates MUST bring an OASIS-C Form Companion OR allowed documents. Additional information on recommended resources can be found here. Resources will not be provided to exam candidates, nor is sharing allowed (among candidates).
This is your preparatory tool for the HCS-D ICD-9 examination, offered by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance. You’ll get tips and sample test questions edited and reviewed by authors of the test.
Fully updated for 2014, the Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS-D) Certification Study Guide is your preparatory tool for the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) ICD-10-DM certification examination, offered by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC). You’ll get tips and sample test questions edited and reviewed by Sharon Molinari, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, one of the authors of the test.
Prepare for your Home Care Clinical Specialist – OASIS exam with this study guide that takes clinicians through the competencies necessary to master as they prepare for the HCS-O certification exam. It delivers OASIS assessment tips and sample test questions that have been reviewed by Ann Rambusch, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, one of the authors of the test.
BMSC is the premier provider of specialty medical coding certification, education and training for medical coders, clinicians and compliance professionals across the home health, physician and compliance fields. BMSC is dedicated to creating and advocating a career ladder for medical professionals through multiple layers of coding and compliance education, certification and training.