Quality and Risk Workshop
It is well known that patients with multiple serious medical conditions have higher costs of care and require more resources. In a typical fee-for-service model there are limited mechanisms to recognize and address these discrepancies. Risk Adjustment is a model that adjusts reimbursement based on the presence or absence of serious medical conditions such as diabetes or heart failure. Over time, more accurate coding results in more accurate reimbursement. As we continue to evolve the health care system to a more closely aligned fee-for-value model, risk adjustment plays a key role and has the potential to truly align resources and care.
This activity will review the basics of the risk adjustment system in Medicare and how accurate and appropriate diagnosis, documentation, coding, and care lead to improved patient benefits, such as transportation, and lower copays—as well as improved reimbursement for health plans and providers. The activity will move from an overview to a condition-focused review.
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Care.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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These materials are intended only for those that attend the live activity on Monday, February 19, 2024. This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals who have an interest in health care economics and risk adjustment.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Identify how risk adjustment provides an opportunity to align care across the health care delivery spectrum.
- Understand how accurate and appropriate risk adjustment leads to sufficient resources to increase patient benefits.
- Explain why medical practices should improve their documentation in response to the transition from fee for service to fee for value.
- Describe how to follow disease improvement or progression using ICD-10 codes reflecting the patient’s condition.
- Discuss how ICD-10 codes may be used in the pay-for-performance program.
- Discuss the level of detail required by the new system and how to improve accuracy and specificity in documentation.
Nikki Macalalad, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Director of Clinical Coding Education, Population Health & Quality Improvement
Southwest Medical Associates--part of Optum Care
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tania Miedico, MD
Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP
Sarah Chart, RN
Optum Health Education
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Care. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth 1 CEU.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization to which you wish you apply credit.
- 12.00 AMA - Physicians
- 12.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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