ArticlesMonitoring Surgical Patients for VTE May Result in Higher RAFs
A news release published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) included findings of a global surgery study identifying patients with either a current, recent, or previous COVID-19 infection have up to a five-times increased risk of death from venous thromboembolism (VTE) when undergoing a surgical procedure.
Lessons Learned from a RADV Audit Report
If given an opportunity to know ahead of time the questions that would be asked of you in an upcoming interview or quiz, it is likely the outcome would be significantly better than if you were surprised by the questions. This same concept may be applied to audits of risk ...
How Well Will Your Organization Score in the 2022 Star Rating Measures?
How ready is your organization for implementation of the 2022 new Star Rating measures? Creating opportunities for staff to share innovative ideas is essential to creating a successful outcome, so take a minute to review the Part C and D measures today.
Is Coding Based on Addendums or Late Entries Putting You At Risk of Audit Failure?
Independent Health, another Medicare Advantage Organization, has been named in a qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuit and enjoined by the DOJ for allegations of fraudulently upcoding to increase beneficiary risk adjustment scores to obtain higher reimbursement. It appears they used DxID, LLC, a coding consulting subsidiary of Independent Health to retrospectively identify and have providers addend unsupported diagnoses. How is your organization actively protecting against accusations of upcoding by improper use and reporting of diagnoses from provider addenda?
Medicare Advantage - The Fastest Growing Government-Funded Program Undergoing Multiple Fraud Investigations
Medicare Advantage is the fastest growing form of government-funded healthcare and the rate of fraud within this segment has come under increased scrutiny. Funding is determined by the health status of each beneficiary; therefore, accurate coding based on detailed documentation makes the medical record vital to the process because some ...
How Does Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Affect Risk Adjustment?
CMS recently announced the 53 Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) that will be participating in the April 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model. Among those participating is Clover Health Partners, who runs an in-home primary care program that has the potential to help Medicare ...
Managed Care Organizations Use CMS Tools to Identify Outliers
Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) include risk-adjusted plans whose funding is based on the health status of their beneficiaries. Government-funded MCOs use CMS information to search for suspected cases of fraud and abuse.
OIG Plans for Onslaught of Risk Adjustment Audits Claiming 9.5% Error Rate in Code Assignment
As the OIG has published their intent to further investigate the 9.5% of improper payments based on incorrect ICD-10-CM code assignation, they implore Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to begin employing some of the CMS tools and data analytic programs used to help identify outliers.
Identifying Risk-Adjusted Services During the Opioid Crisis
Between June 2019 and June 2020, the United States saw a total of 107,750 deaths from COVID-19. The spread of this virus was so extraordinary that it led President Trump to declare a public health emergency, and we watched as individual states began implementing laws and regulations to limit social interaction ...
How to Combat COVID-Related Risk Adjustment Losses with the Medicare Annual Wellness Exam
Identifying new ways to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to schedule and attend their Annual Wellness Exam (AWE) can be difficult, but the Open Enrollment period is a prime time for every payer to identify new beneficiaries and provide a reminder to both new and existing patients that this preventive service does ...
How Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Data Enhances Risk Adjustment
The role of SDOH in overall patient care and outcomes has become a more common topic of discussion among healthcare providers, payers, and policymakers alike. All are attempting to identify and collect SDOH and correlate the data to patient management which is increasingly seen as necessary to address certain health disparities and identify exactly how SDOH affects patient health outcomes. Learn how to address this important subject.
How Reporting E/M Based on Time May Lose Money
Just like math teachers who require students to show their work so they can see how the student reached their answer, providers are also required to "show their work" through the documentation process in the medical record. By the time a provider has reviewed the patient's subjective complaints (i.e., patient's ...