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.
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
Associate Director of Clinical Coding Education, CDQI
Southwest Medical Associates--part of OptumCare
Las Vegas, Nevada
Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
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Ms. Macalalad reported that she is an employee of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Tania M. Miedico, MD
Clinical Performance, OptumCare
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms. Chart, Ms. Gleason, and Dr. Miedico reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Silverstein reported that she has no relevant financial relationships.
Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.
Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:
- Complete the Pre-Activity Assessment online
- Attend the live in-person training
- Complete the Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms online
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In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth 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
OptumHealth 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.
American Academy of Family Physicians
This Live activity, Quality and Risk Workshop, from 10/02/2018 - 10/02/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 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.
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