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Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

Coding Tip: Coding Diagnoses on Outpatient Encounters

One reason that coders should report chronic conditions (including history and status codes) on outpatient records is the HCC’s—Hierarchical Condition Categories. The quick and easy explanation of what HCC’s are is each HCC is mapped to certain ICD-10-CM codes or code ranges. HCC coding is designed to estimate future health care costs for patients.

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