Pressure Ulcer Coding: Strategies for ICD-10-CM Coding Accuracy - On-Demand

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Pressure Ulcer Coding: Strategies for ICD-10-CM Coding Accuracy - On-Demand

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Presented on:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Presented by:
Sarah Humbert, RHIA
Temeka Davis, RHIT

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Pressure ulcer staging is complicated, and coders’ jobs are made more difficult by documentation holes and lack of knowledge of clinical criteria. The complexity of the disease process, combined with the frequent changes and updates to pressure ulcer codes in ICD-10-CM, can lead to recurrent denials if coders don’t arm themselves with the knowledge they need to ensure accurate reporting of diagnostic details.

Join expert speakers Sarah Humbert, RHIA, and Temeka Davis, RHIT, for this 90-minute webinar as they discuss the challenges of reporting pressure ulcers and the recent related ICD-10-CM coding changes. The speakers will provide an explanation of the stages of pressure ulcers and injuries and clarify the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s definitions so coders can categorize an ulcer even if staging isn’t documented. They will also describe how to accurately assign present on admission codes for pressure ulcers, including ulcers that progress during an inpatient stay.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the 2018 ICD-10-CM coding changes for pressure ulcers
  • Explain pressure ulcer staging and documentation to look for to meet coding guideline requirements
  • Present pertinent coding and clinical documentation guidelines for pressure ulcers to providers, coders, and CDI staff
  • Code a pressure ulcer that advances in severity during a hospital stay
  • Identify opportunities to improve documentation
  • Recognize when a query is needed for clarification and accurate code assignment of pressure ulcers

Who Should Listen?

  • Coding staff and managers
  • CDI specialists
  • Physicians
  • Auditors
  • Denials/appeals staff and management
  • Revenue cycle staff and managers
  • Utilization review staff
  • Revenue integrity staff 


  • Pressure ulcer background
    • Definitions of terms
    • Signs and symptoms
  • Explanation of the stages of pressure ulcers/injuries
    • NPUAP definitions
    • Definitions of stages
    • Stage images
  • Clinical terminology review
    • Terminology typically used in the documentation to represent pressure ulcers
    • Which terms can be used for coding pressure ulcers/wound care
  • Assigning pressure ulcer codes
    • How to accurately assign a code for pressure ulcers that are present on admission
    • Coding a pressure ulcer that progresses during an inpatient stay
  • Complications and other conditions that affect pressure ulcer coding
  • Common treatment for pressure ulcers and documentation required for accurate coding


  • Query template for pressure ulcers
  • Coding tips and reminders of the information presented in the webinar

Continuing Education 

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
(Live + On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor. (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webinar expires on: 02/20/2019)

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS/CCDS)
(Live + On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webinar expires on: 02/20/2019)


Meet the Speakers

Sarah Humbert, RHIASarah Humbert, RHIA, AHIMA-certified ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, is coding and compliance manager for KIWI-TEK, LLC. Humbert attended Indiana University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in health information management (HIM). She has been with KIWI-TEK for 10 years in a variety of coding management positions. Currently, she oversees education, compliance, and quality for coders, coding managers, and auditors. Prior to joining KIWI-TEK, Humbert worked in a variety of HIM positions for Healthcare Excel, Med Focus, Eli Lilly, and St Vincent’s Health Systems. 



Temeka Davis, RHITTemeka Davis, RHIT, is coding manager at KIWI-TEK, LLC. Davis attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as Walker College, achieving an associate‘s degree in applied science and a Certificate in Health Information Management. She has over 20 years of coding experience, with expertise in a wide range of coding specialties. Davis has been with KIWI-TEK for nine years and has served in a variety of coding and management positions. Her current role as a coding manager also includes coder education, auditing, and assistance with revenue cycle functions. Prior to KIWI-TEK, Davis worked in HIM positions for UAB Hospital and St. Vincent’s Health System.


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $259 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $259 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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