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Author Archives: Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, HCS-D, ACE

About Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, HCS-D, ACE

Joan is President of JLU Health Record Systems, a leader in Health Information Management and coding solutions. A nationally recognized expert in the field of health information management, Joan has taught coding for over 25 years and has educated over 20,000 people nationwide. She is author of the JLU Rapid Reference Coding Guide, an easy-to-use coding guide in ICD-10 for common home health diagnoses, and author or editor of numerous courses, books and articles on coding, reimbursement methods, clinical documentation improvement, and health record requirements.
Coding of Palliative Care in the Home Health Setting

Coding of Palliative Care in the Home Health Setting

by Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, HCS-D, ACE, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer JLU Health Record Systems I recently heard from a client regarding coding of palliative care in the home health setting. He asked: My organization is seeking clarity on the use of Comfort care/Palliative care code Z51.5. I did some research yesterday and found […]

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Auditing Documentation in the Post-Acute Care Setting

Auditing Documentation in the Post-Acute Care Setting

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Auditing Documentation in the Post-Acute Care Setting in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance for assigning […]

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Why is CDI Essential in the Post-Acute Care Setting?

Why is CDI Essential in the Post-Acute Care Setting?

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Why is CDI Essential in the Post-Acute Care Setting? in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance […]

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Examples of Clinical Documentation Improvement in Post-Acute Care Setting

Examples of Clinical Documentation Improvement in Post-Acute Care Setting

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Examples of Clinical Documentation Improvement in Post-Acute Care Setting in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance […]

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Intersection of Coding & CDI in Post-Acute Care Setting: Documentation and Coding of Diabetes with …

Intersection of Coding & CDI in Post-Acute Care Setting: Documentation and Coding of Diabetes with …

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Documentation and Coding of Diabetes with … in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance for […]

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Documentation and Coding of Laterality and Specificity

Documentation and Coding of Laterality and Specificity

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Documentation and Coding of Laterality and Specificity in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance for […]

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Introduction to Coding and CDI in Post-Acute Care Setting

Introduction to Coding and CDI in Post-Acute Care Setting

Hear Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, a nationally recognized expert in Home Health Coding, discuss Introduction to Coding and CDI in Post-Acute Care Setting in this free, brief presentation. ICD-10-CM for Home Health Providers: Fundamentals of Home Health Coding In four lessons, this course provides an introduction to ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines; plus specific guidance […]

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Reporting Privacy or Information Security Breach of Unsecured PHI (2017)

Reporting Privacy or Information Security Breach of Unsecured PHI (2017)

by Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE Did your organization have a privacy or information security breach of any unsecured protected health information (PHI) during 2017? If the answer is YES, and the breach impacted less than 500 individuals, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires that this incident(s) be reported to the Secretary of Health and […]

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Reminder to Report Any Breaches Timely — Be In Compliance!

Reminder to Report Any Breaches Timely — Be In Compliance!

by Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, COS-C, ACE Did your organization have a privacy or information security breach of unsecured protected health during 2014? If the answer is YES, and the breach impacted less than 500 individuals, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires that this incident(s) be reported to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Office […]

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