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Best Practices to HCC Coding


Implementing an effective HCC coding system is essential to strong financial and clinical performance under value-based reimbursement contracts. And since it requires a disciplined and thorough approach, we’ve broken down 9 best practices to mitigate the risk of inaccuracies and drive accurate RAF scores — and appropriate compensation — for your organization, which are:

  1. To increase RAF score accuracy, start with HCC coding 

  2. Leverage your current EMR/RCM workflows 

  3. Educate providers on HCC coding’s impact on reimbursement 

  4. Prepare for each patient visit 

  5. Employ—and value—HCC coding experts 

  6. Implement real-time HCC reporting 

  7. Don’t rely on retrospective HCC coding reviews 

  8. Use HCC coding automation technology 

  9. Remember that value-based care is a team sport 

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