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Tag: HCCs

CDI New Year’s resolution: The keys to success

January 9th, 2019 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

Happy New Year everyone! I am terrible at New Year’s resolutions, but I did make one this year that I hope to stick to: I want to increase my intake […]

Act on the front-end to reduce readmissions penalties

November 16th, 2018 / By Steve Cantwell

In my previous blog, I took a hard look at the impact of mental health and substance abuse on hospital readmissions, especially the torrent of patients with these issues coming […]

HCC coding: What’s the big deal?

June 18th, 2018 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

A hot topic in health care today is Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). At the last local AAPC chapter meeting I attended, we had a guest speaker who discussed HCCs in […]

HCCs: Whose “problem” is it? It’s an AND, not an OR!

February 26th, 2018 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

HCCs are a “problem.” By that I mean no organization can ignore the impact of HCCs. No CDI specialist, HIM professional, quality specialist, provider or billing auditor can remain uneducated […]

M.E.A.T. is even better when well done

February 21st, 2018 / By Kelly Long, CPC

The Official ICD Coding Guidelines state that a condition must be present at the time of the encounter, affect patient care or management and be clearly documented in order to […]

Implications of the 2019 Medicare Advantage Part 1 Advance Notice

January 10th, 2018 / By Gretchen Mills

On December 27, 2017, CMS published Part 1 of this year’s Medicare Advantage (MA) Advance Notice highlighting proposed changes in MA payments for 2019. CMS requires comments on this Part […]

Four ways HCCs impact health systems

December 22nd, 2017 / By Kristine Daynes

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) have been the underlying risk adjustment for many Medicare programs for several years. But they didn’t attract wide interest until CMS began shifting more payment toward […]

A look back at popular blogs of 2017

December 15th, 2017

Thanks for reading the Inside Angle blog in 2017! As 2018 approaches, revisit some of our most popular blogs of the year: 1. HCCs: A frequent factor in the value […]

Article: Embrace risk adjustment

With Donna Smith, RHIA

This article details how coders can enhance their careers by becoming proficient in the finer points of the latest payment methodologies.

HCCs and physicians

July 31st, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

As a physician, I am responsible for coding certain diagnoses that will trigger certain payment and risk adjustment. Risk adjustment scores are important in terms of quality measures and they […]

Case Study: Hierarchical condition categories: Get documentation and coding right

With Donna Smith, RHIA

3M research conducted by HIMSS Analytics sought to understand how organizations manage data in support of value-based payment models based on HCCs.

Infographic: Managing HCCs

When it comes to HCCs, what are the biggest challenges and how can hospitals address them?

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