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HCC model: Down to the Basics from Coding to Documentation

Posted by Johanna Legaspi on March 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Basics

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) were mandated in 1997 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and have been the basis for reimbursement for Medicare Advantage plans (MA) since 2004. HCCs use data to prospectively estimate predicted costs for enrolled members during the next year of coverage. These estimates are based on demographic information such as age and major medical conditions documented in the previous 12-month period. They are used to adjust Medicare capitation payments to Medicare Advantage health plans based on the anticipated risk of enrollees calculated from relevant ICD-10-CM codes.

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Topics: compliance, HCC, Coding and Documentation

Who’s Next? The 3 M’s of HIPAA Compliance Audits

Posted by Corliss Collins on February 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Minimize Liability, Mitigate Risk and Maximize Safeguards

Corliss Collins, RHIT, CCA, CBCS, Senior Healthcare Consultant, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainer /Ambassador

HIPAA compliance audits pose significant challenges for hospitals, healthcare providers, health plan administrators and business associates.  The Office of Civil Rights, (OCR) Phase II Audits will begin early this year and, will focus on organizational privacy, security, and breach notification policies, procedures and practices.

Healthcare organizations need to be prepared to undergo greater scrutiny in three key areas, including written policies, procedures and practices that address HIPAA compliance risks, and vulnerabilities. Are HIPAA compliance audits and risk assessments being performed regularly? How is documentation of HIPAA breach incidents within your organization responded to?

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Topics: compliance, HIPAA, Audits

Toggling Between ICD-9 and ICD-10, What You Need to Know

Posted by Anita Archer on June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There’s a lot of confusion about coding right now and for good reason. Beginning a few weeks ago, June 1st to be exact, many insurance carriers began accepting and processing preauthorization requests containing ICD-10 codes for services scheduled on or after October 1st - the upcoming mandated ICD-10 compliance date. As with ICD-9 codes today, providers and suppliers are still required to report all characters of a valid ICD-10 code. However, ICD-10 diagnosis codes have different rules regarding specificity and providers/suppliers are required to submit the most specific diagnosis codes based upon the information that is available at the time.

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Topics: implementation, compliance, ICD-10, revenue cycle, Medicare, Medicaid

It’s Almost October 1. Do You Know Where Your Documentation Is?

Posted by Robert Freedman on June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The curfew for ICD-10 is fast approaching and with it comes a slew of changes for your documentation. Do you know what you’ll need for a successful implementation? Here are a few helpful suggestions:

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Topics: EMR, implementation, compliance, ICD-10, EHR, coding, revenue cycle management, documentation

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