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From Confusion to Clarity: Simplify HCC Coding with
MEAT-Enabled Solution

Are you tired of the complexity and confusion that comes with hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding? 

Have you been struggling to accurately capture patient diagnoses and risk scores?

Look no further! 

In this blog post, we will talk about how a MEAT-enabled solution simplifies HCC coding, streamlines the documentation process, and ensures accurate reimbursement.

Table of Content:

1. Introduction to HCC coding

HCC coding is a process used by healthcare providers to document and report diagnoses in a way that is compliant with government regulations. The goal of HCC coding is to ensure that providers are reimbursed for the care they provide, while also providing data that can be used to improve population health.

MEAT stands for monitor, evaluate, assess/address, and treat.¹

Once you have detailed documentation of the ICD-10-CM codes as per MEAT criteria, you can begin to code HCCs, effectively. HCCs are defined as any condition that affects an individual’s health and well-being. Of the approximately 70,000 ICD-10-CM codes, about 9,500 map to 79 HCC categories.²

Coding HCCs can be complex, but it is essential for accurate reimbursement and population health data collection. By using MEAT-enabled ICD-10-CM code review & audit solutions, you can streamline the HCC coding process and ensure compliance with government regulations.

2. Common HCC coding challenges & potential solutions

HCC coding can be confusing and complex. There are numerous potential solutions to this challenge, but not all of them are created equal. 

MEAT approach to HCC coding considers many factors in order to accurately code for a patient’s health status.

The medical evidence includes everything from clinical documentation to laboratory results. This evidence is used to identify the presence or absence of conditions that should be coded for.

Acuity refers to the severity of a condition. This is important because it affects how the condition should be coded. For example, a chronic condition like diabetes would be coded differently than an acute condition like a heart attack.

Timing is another important factor in HCC coding. Certain conditions must be present for a certain amount of time before they can be coded for. This ensures that only patients who actually have the condition are coded for it.

Transition refers to changes in a patient’s health status over time. This can include things like an improvement, worsening, or remission of a condition. These changes must be documented in order to accurately code for them.

A MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution can simplify HCC coding and help you more accurately code for risk adjustment.

3. What is the MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution?

A MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution will use a medical coder’s knowledge of a patient’s diagnoses to generate a Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) code. This code is then used to determine the patient’s risk score, also known as the risk adjustment factor (RAF) score for Medicare enrollees, which is used to calculate the reimbursement amount the provider will receive from Medicare.

MEAT-enabled HCC coding solutions allow HCC coders to quickly and easily generate an HCC code for a patient, without having to wade through confusing and complicated guidelines.

In addition, it comes with greater accuracy in HCC coding, as well as increased consistency across codes. 

This can lead to more accurate risk scores and reimbursement amounts for providers. Additionally, MEAT-enabled HCC coding solutions can help reduce the provider burden by streamlining the process of obtaining an HCC code.

4. How to implement a MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution in RA

There is a lot of confusion surrounding HCC coding, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. A MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution can help simplify the process. 

Here’s how to implement such a solution in your risk adjustment (RA) process:

  • Introduce a MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution to your HCC coding team. This solution will help the team ensure that all codes are accurately and consistently applied.
  • Easily track diagnosis codes that lack MEAT evidence from within the dashboard to stay up-to-date on coding changes and updates. This will help ensure that your team is always using the most current codes.
  • Ensure accuracy and consistency in HCC coding. This may include regular audits and reviews of coded data.

These steps will help you implement a MEAT-enabled HCC coding solution that can simplify the process and improve accuracy.


A MEAT-enabled risk adjustment coding solution is an effective way to simplify HCC coding and ensure its accuracy. It will allow coders to quickly assess a patient’s medical condition and assign the most appropriate codes. 

Furthermore, this approach eliminates any confusion related to complex HCC coding requirements while ensuring that all relevant information is captured accurately in order to ensure  appropriate reimbursement 

With the right technology in place, Medicare organizations can take advantage of accurate HCC coding while minimizing their risk of auditing errors or costly penalties.

Speak to an expert to get started:

¹Home State Health

²American Society of Anesthesiologists 


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Disclaimer: All the information, views, and opinions expressed in this blog are inspired by Healthcare IT industry trends, guidelines, and their respective web sources and are aligned with the technology innovation, products, and solutions that RAAPID offers to the Risk adjustment market space in the US.