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CEUs and BMSC Certification

BMSC Approved CEUs

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

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Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS-D) for ICD-9

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:

  • Understand general and chapter-specific coding guidelines
  • Ensure agencies receive proper reimbursement
  • Communicate coding knowledge with confidence
  • Provide direction and instruction to less experience coders in the workplace.
For more information about HCS-D ICD-9 certification and study resources, call BMSC toll-free at 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.medicalspecialtycoding.com.

Home Care Coding Specialist — Diagnosis for ICD-10 (HCS-D ICD-10)

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:

  1. Assign accurate diagnosis codes and ensure the completeness of patient documentation;
  2. Ensure home health agencies receive proper reimbursement;
  3. Communicate coding knowledge with confidence;
  4. Collaborate with clinicians, physicians and/or managers/administrators;
  5. Ensure that all coding-related activities are done in a legal and ethical manner that supports agency policy, regulatory and professional guidelines.

There will be two options for coding professionals to earn the HCS-D ICD-10 certification:

  1. Home Care Coding Specialist — Diagnosis for ICD-10 (HCS-D ICD-10) for current HCS-D certified coders
  2. Home Care Coding Specialist — Diagnosis for ICD-10 (HCS-D ICD-10) for home health coders who are not currently certified. This exam contains 65 questions and will require you to prove competency in areas where ICD-9 and ICD-10 are similar (conventions and guidelines, ability to identify a manifestation code, etc.).

For more information about HCS-D ICD-10 certification and study resources, see the HCS-D ICD-10 FAQ, or call BMSC toll-free at 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.medicalspecialtycoding.com

Home Care Clinical Specialist — OASIS (HCS-O) for home care clinicians with at least 2 years of experience working with OASIS

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:

  1. Complete the OASIS-C assessment form
  2. Document medical necessity
  3. Make connections between OASIS, documentation and coding
  4. Measure and report outcomes

For more information about HCS-O certification and study resources, call BMSC toll-free at 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.medicalspecialtycoding.com

Recertification

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 Materials

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.

  1. HCS-D ICD-9 exam practice questions
  2. HCS-D ICD-10 certification exam outline
  3. HCS-D ICD-10 trainer’s certification exam outline
  4. HCS-D ICD-10 exam practice questions
  5. HCS-O certification exam outline
  6. HCS-O exam practice questions

Important facts about the HCS-D and HCS-O credentialing examinations:

  1. A separate registration and fee is required to sit for the exam on site at the Home Health Coding Summit.
  2. For the HCS-D certification, candidates MUST bring a current ICD-10-CM book and a photo ID to the test. Books will not be provided to exam candidates, nor is book sharing allowed (among candidates).

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).

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