In fee-for-service medicine, physician services are paid based on the fee associated with that CPT code, HCPCS code and modifiers. The diagnosis coding establishes the medical necessity for this service. With new payment models, diagnosis coding for physician services takes on added importance.
Accurate and complete diagnosis coding will affect incentive payments and negative payment adjustments along with utilization, quality measures and patient satisfaction. Medical practices joining accountable care organizations, Medicare shared savings programs or entering into diagnosis risk-adjusted contracts with private payers need to review their diagnosis coding and many will need to make changes.
This presentation provides an overview for medical practices in the important concepts related to risk-adjusted diagnosis coding. As our healthcare system moves from volume to value, accurately reporting the severity of illness for individual patience becomes imperative.
Agenda for this webinar includes:
- How physician services are paid
- Risk adjustment factors
- Common ICD-10 codes and risk adjustment
- Demonstrate knowledge of two key concepts of risk-adjusted diagnosis coding
- Evaluate their own ICD 10 coding use of unspecified codes and use of status codes
- Develop a plan to increase specificity in both primary care and specialty claims
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