The Importance of Risk-Adjustment for Measuring and Reporting Healthcare Outcomes

IDownload Printable VersionDownload Printable Versionn the new healthcare environment, where quality and outcomes are increasingly linked to reimbursement and public reporting initiatives, you face several challenges to keeping the money flowing and your ratings high. To name a few, you must:

But understanding and communicating how data is risk-adjusted is a challenge. A PowerPoint slide of the unfathomable algorithms provided by payers and regulatory agencies can cause more confusion than clarity. You need to understand risk-adjustment and communicate about it simply, completely and competently.

This lecture will review the important elements of risk-adjustment including:

Bottom line—failure to adjust data for patients' risks carries consequences much greater than the embarrassment of incorrectly reported data. This lecture will enhance attendees' understanding of the importance of risk adjustment in improving patient care, reimbursement and public reporting. It will help remove the mysteries surrounding risk adjustment.

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