Nearly 30% of Medicare patients are enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) programs, which come with specific coding and documentation challenges. Elaine King, MHS, RHIA, CHP, CHDA, CDIP, FAHIMA, and Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS, highlight key requirements for reporting diagnoses that map to Hierarchical Condition Category codes, the basis of MA plans.
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would impact supervision levels for certain outpatient services. Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO , reviews the impact of the legislation and which provider types and services it would affect.
Q: I work in a large, provider-based orthopedic clinic with a rheumatology department that has many patients who are very ill with several comorbid conditions. Does the physician need to document every comorbid condition that impacts his or her medical decision making for each encounter? Do we need to code every comorbidity each time in order to meet hierarchical condition category (HCC) requirements?