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July 17, 2010

HTN on the case-mix chopping block

A part of the HHPPS payment adjustment for 2011 includes a proposal to remove 401.9, Unspecified Essential Hypertension, and 401.1, Benign Essential Hypertension, from the case-mix list because an analysis shows that patients with these diagnoses don’t use more resources than other patients. This is a huge change, as HTN is an accepted comorbidity that is always coded because it can influence a patient’s health and resource usage.

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