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Press Release: MedHOK Delivers Solution for Health Plans Affected by Medicare Risk Adjustment Change

Press Release: MedHOK Delivers Solution For Health Plans Affected By Medicare Risk Adjustment Change

Software is able to replicate new risk adjustment calculations to ensure financial reconciliation and maximize revenue

TAMPA, FL – August 19, 2015 – MedHOK®, a pioneering software platform for health plans and other risk-bearing entities participating in government-sponsored programs, announced enhancements to its enrollment and financial reconciliation modules to help Medicare Advantage (MA) plans succeed in the transition to the new Risk Adjustment encounter process, recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The enhancements will allow health plans to replicate the new risk adjustment process, providing for crucial visibility into factors affecting reimbursement and risk.

CMS is moving away from the Risk Adjustment Processing System (RAPS) format to 837 encounter data system (EDS) for Medicare risk adjustment factor determination. For 2016, CMS will blend encounter data-based risk scores with RAPS-based risk scores in an effort to begin the conversion to full encounter data reliance. In 2016, the calculation will be weighted as 90% RAPS and 10% encounter data; in the future, the percentage of encounter data will increase and eventually completely replace RAPS data.

“This is a major change for health plans and our enrollment and financial reconciliation modules are designed to account for this eventual shift to using encounter data,” said Marc Ryan, Chief Compliance and Strategy Officer at MedHOK.

MarketProminence, an enrollment and financial reconciliation solution by MedHOK-subsidiary Continuum Performance Systems and part of the MedHOK software platform, helps plans financially reconcile both enrollment and financial indicators. It compares information received from the federal government on enrollment and during a member’s tenure (e.g., Batch Eligibility Query (BEQR), enrollment transactions, and RAPS Return Files) to the Monthly Membership Report (MMR) and Part C and D Model Output Reports (MOR).

As part of the migration to EDS risk adjustment, in 2016 the software will incorporate both the response file from CMS (MAO-004), which reports the encounters accepted for risk adjustment, and the RAPS data, giving MA plans the opportunity to replicate the CMS process and ensure appropriate payments, remediate discrepancies, and increase revenue. MedHOK’s enterprise-wide platform also helps MA plans monitor diagnoses for risk adjustment requalification and possible revenue opportunities.

“MedHOK’s platform provides the tools to remove obstacles to revenue reconciliation and help plans succeed in the value-based healthcare model,” concluded Ryan.

Marc Ryan

Marc S. Ryan serves as MedHOK’s Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer. During his career, Marc has served a number of health plans in executive-level regulatory, compliance, business development, and operations roles. He has launched and operated plans with Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial and Exchange lines of business. Marc was the Secretary of Policy and Management and State Budget Director of Connecticut, where he oversaw all aspects of state budgeting and management. In this role, Marc created the state’s Medicaid and SCHIP managed care programs and oversaw its state employee and retiree health plans. He also created the state’s long-term care continuum program. Marc was nominated by then HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on a panel of state program experts to advise CMS on aspects of Medicare Part D implementation. He also was nominated by Florida’s Medicaid Secretary to serve on the state’s Medicaid Reform advisory panel.

Marc graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He received a Master of Public Administration, specializing in local government management and managed healthcare, from the University of New Haven. He was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, a national honor society for business, management, and administration.

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