Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among workers in the United States. November is National Diabetes Month, as well as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Are you aware that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among the working people of the United States? The 2019 ICD-10-CM Official Coding…
The 2019 CMS risk adjustment model is version 23. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released, in April, the latest update to the CMS-hierarchical condition category (HCC) Risk Adjustment Model (V23).  It applies to payment year 2019.  As Medicare Advantage is a prospective payment system, that means care…
Clinical documentation will need to reflect these situations in order to be accurately coded. When beginning research for this article, I opened my 2018 ICD-10-CM book to the External Cause Index section, specifically for the word “harassment,” but it was missing.     The next area I reviewed was the Index, but…
Risk adjustment has been used to entice payers and providers to accept patients with multiple chronic conditions along with those patients who are relatively healthy. Is coding and billing for risk adjustment really any different than what we have been doing all along? It is different in that the codes…
Chronic conditions are the driving force in determining healthcare outcomes and costs in today’s value-based world, hence the interest in the Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding payment model. Coding chronic conditions and co-morbidities is becoming increasingly critical as the healthcare landscape shifts toward value-based care. Value-based care attempts to advance…
From evolving your CDI department to a population-centric approach to understanding the impact of electronic medical record technology on CDI program outcomes are among six resolutions offered by the author.Happy New Year! It’s now officially 2018, and even though we are already a full quarter into the federal fiscal year,…
An insider’s look at coding Alzheimer’s and its associated symptoms.EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited transcript of Laurie Johnson’s recent appearance on Talk Ten Tuesdays.The late President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983 in order to help fight the dreaded condition. As Baby…
It’s so important that we in the healthcare industry continue our discussion regarding the topic of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs), as the risk-adjusted payment models are increasing in prevalence.The assignment of HCCs and risk adjustment has extended beyond Medicare Advantage plans as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable…
While most legacy CDI programs have been doing a good job at preserving revenue under the MS-DRG system, a potential blind spot exists as Value-Based and Alternative Payment Models rely on the concept of Risk Adjustment to determine final payment in acute care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services risk…