Major Issues Impacting Healthcare By: Harry Purcell The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 continues to steam ahead toward a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This creates a new program focused on Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and combines the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Meaningful Use (MU). According to the Medicare proposed rule – physicians, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists will begin...

John Sicignano has recently joined the Meridian Medical Management team to fill the role of VP of Operations. John will work out of the CT office and will be responsible for leading the Revenue Cycle Management Operation activities of both the CT and MA regions (or Practices and Academics).

Healthcare Coding

ICD-10 Changes go into effect October 1, 2016 The first non-essential ICD-10 code update since the code freeze, will take place on October 1, 2016. Changes will include 1,943 new ICD-10 codes, 422 revised ICD-10 codes, and 305 deleted ICD-10 codes.