CMS Hierarchical Condition Category Model and HEDIS Quality in Medicare Advantage

This activity will review the basics of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hierarchical condition category (HCC) model within the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. Patients with multiple chronic medical conditions typically 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. The CMS HCC payment model 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.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and Star ratings also play a part in the health plan reimbursement for MA members.

Learning objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review information about MA.
  • Define why CMS requires health plans to report accurate documentation related to chronic medical conditions for MA members.
  • Review how accurate documentation can positively impact Star ratings and quality scores.
  • Recall CMS quality measures and their importance.
  • Explain how the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and HEDIS can help bridge gaps in care.
  • Review the HEDIS measure for colorectal cancer screening.

Planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Tania M. Miedico, MD
Medical Director
Clinical Performance, OptumCare
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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:

  • Completing the entire activity.
  • Completing the pre- and post-activity assessments, activity evaluation, and application for certificate of credit.

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Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn 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
Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Physicians
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 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 Enduring Material activity, CMS Hierarchical Condition Category Model and HEDIS Quality in Medicare Advantage, from 04/10/2018 - 04/10/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 04/10/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-activity assessment for continuing education units.

Attendance
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 with which they wish to obtain credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by OptumCare.

Hardware/Software Requirements
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians—including family physicians—coders and other health care professionals who have an interest in health care economics.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
Activity opens: 
04/10/2018
Activity expires: 
04/10/2020
Rating: 
0

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
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