NHN Provider Resource Library
MEDICAL RISK ADJUSTMENT
Nebraska Health Network offers a number of educational resources to help advance our mission of delivering patient-centered, high-value care.
Medical Risk Adjustment and Coding Best Practices Resources
Medical Risk Adjustment Education Module
MRA helps health insurance payers – including Medicare – understand how sick your patients really are, as indicated by their risk scores. MRA is used in value-based models to ensure that cost targets are adjusted to align with the illness burden of the population. The NHN has created a quick 15-minute video to help you understand how MRA works, and what you can do to insure you are not penalized for taking care of sicker patients.
Behavioral Health in Older Adults: Screening and Coding Guidelines
Although common in older adults, depression is not a normal part of aging. Depression is a serious mood disorder that may cause severe symptoms that impact how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, one in six seniors suffer from depression. Prevalence is highest for beneficiaries with comorbidities like cancer, arthritis, stroke, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease.
Download our Behavioral Health in Older Adults: Screening and Coding guidelines to review what to look for, how to screen patients and how to code.
Behavioral Health Coding Guidelines
According to a Milliman study, individuals with mental and behavioral health conditions account for 57% of all health-care costs and expenditures. Coding to the highest specificity provides insight into your patients’ overall health and better predicts their medical risk score.
Download our Behavioral Health Coding Guidelines to review what to review proper coding and documentation for behavioral health coding, including Telehealth visits.
Proper Documentation Supports Coding Accuracy
M-E-A-T is a common acronym used by coders to identify documentation that supports coding accuracy:
- Assess or Address
Incorporating one or more of the M-E-A-T details at a face-to-face visit for each condition that requires or impacts patient care treatment or management will put you on the path to success in capturing risk. Download this one-page overview for more information.
Medical Risk Adjustment Coding Best Practice Guides
The NHN Medical Risk Adjustment Provider Quick Reference Guide provides an overview of Hierarchical Condition Category codes and is available in one-page or pocket guide formats. Additionally, the Documentation Tips & Hints flier provides helpful coding reminders. Please note that the resource guides are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all HCCs/ICD-10s.