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McFarland Clinic Leads Caravan Clients in HCC Recapture Two Years in a Row
McFarland Clinic (McFarland) joined Caravan’s Stratum Med ACO as founding members in 2019. Comprised of 65 Adult Med and Family Med PCP’s, McFarland serves a rural community in Ames, Iowa. When they transitioned to value-based care the McFarland staff worked closely with their Caravan team to place more emphasis on HCC coding. As staff learned to use their new data, they began to recognize opportunities and gaps in care.
McFarland made the decision to hire Lisa Nelson, a CMA who trained to become an AAPC Certified Risk Adjustment Coder. Lisa’s prospective chart review and prep gives McFarland’s providers the confidence that the ICD-10 codes are not only accurate, but also an understanding of the codes that are most important to refresh. With a Risk Adjustment Coder on staff, patient charts accurately reflect known conditions which improves care coordination between the clinic, hospital, and external facilities. Having a more accurate risk score for their population helped increase their benchmarks which lead to more shared savings opportunities. McFarland consistently sees increases in their population HCC risk scores across both Medicare and Medicare Advantage and for the past two years, has led all Caravan Health clients with their HCC recapture rates.