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Documenting and Coding Different Types of Wounds – A Detailed Overview. Wounds that damage the skin are of different types and include – abrasions, lacerations, scratches, rupture injuries, punctures, and penetrating wounds.

Documenting and Coding Different Types of Wounds – A Detailed Overview

They often occur due to accidents or falls (with sharp objects or tools). However, surgeries, stitches, sutures or even complications related to other conditions (like diabetes) can also cause certain types of wounds. Minor wounds generally are not serious, but it is important to clean them. On the other hand, serious and deep infected wounds may require immediate medical attention to prevent the chances of infection and loss of function, due to damage to the underlying structures like bone, muscle, tendon, arteries and nerves.

Regardless of the type of wounds and how they occur, it is important to receive proper wound care with effective, immediate treatment and ongoing diligence. Types of Wounds – Top Causes and Symptoms As mentioned earlier, wounds occur when the skin is broken or damaged due to an injury. Medical Coding Mistakes to Watch Out For [Infographic] ICD-10 Codes to Report Three Common Diabetes-Related Skin Disorders. Medical Codes for Documenting and Reporting Hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating that is not normally related to heat or other physical exercises.

Medical Codes for Documenting and Reporting Hyperhidrosis

Also known as polyhidrosis or sudorrhea, the condition can affect just one specific area or the whole body. It can be localized to a particular anatomical area or may be diffuse (involving much of the skin). People, as part of the condition, sweat so much that it soaks through the clothes or drips off the hands. CMS Will Cover Phone-based Behavioral Health/Patient Education. ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes for Three Major Allergic Conditions.

Regarded as one of the most chronic conditions worldwide, allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance – such as pollen, bee venom molds, animal dander, latex, insect stings or even certain food items.

ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes for Three Major Allergic Conditions

Generally, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system – which protects our body from invading organisms that cause illness. If a person suffers an allergy, their immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance (called an allergen) as an invader. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing substances known as Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These IgE antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction that can possibly inflame the skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system. ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes for Three Major Allergic Conditions. Top Four Inherited Liver Disorders and Their ICD-10 Codes.

Liver diseases or conditions can occur due to a variety of factors like infections, immune system disorders, cancers and tumors, inherited conditions, alcohol abuse, drug overdoses, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Top Four Inherited Liver Disorders and Their ICD-10 Codes

Liver problems can be inherited or genetic. Inherited liver diseases refer to a group of metabolic and genetic defects that specifically cause early chronic liver involvement. In most cases, inherited disorders occur due to a defect of an enzyme/transport protein that alters a metabolic pathway and exerts a pathogenic role mainly in the liver. If left untreated, the condition can cause severe damage to the liver and complications like – acute liver failure and cirrhosis (a buildup of scars in the liver).

Physicians who treat patients need to correctly diagnose the symptoms, causes and understand the various types of genetic liver disorders. ICD-10 Codes for Congenital Anomalies or Birth Defects. ICD-10 Codes to Report Toxic Effect of Tobacco and Nicotine. Tobacco and tobacco smoke contain thousands of chemicals.

ICD-10 Codes to Report Toxic Effect of Tobacco and Nicotine

Nicotine is the deadly chemical in tobacco that people using tobacco products get addicted to. Tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. According to heart.org, smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States and almost one third of deaths from coronary heart disease are due to smoking and second-hand smoke. Smoking cessation treatments help people to quit smoking. While documenting such treatments, hospitals may have to report the toxic effect of tobacco products as well.

Coding Achilles Tendinitis - A Common Running Injury. People get engaged in sports activities to maintain an active and healthy life.

Coding Achilles Tendinitis - A Common Running Injury

However, it can be a common source of injury. Generally, injuries are of different types which occur as a result of repetitive movements caused by over-stretching of the muscles and ligaments, poor training practices, collisions, sudden movements, improper use of equipment and changes in direction. Achilles tendinitis is one such overuse injury of the achilles tendon – the band of tissues that directly connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone or calcaneus. It most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. Medical Codes for In Vitro Fertilization Treatment [Infographic] OSI Celebrates Publication of its Articles in BC Advantage Magazine. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Outsource Strategies International (OSI) is proud to announce that its features, “September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month” and “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Addressing Challenges of Diagnosis and Clinical Management”, have appeared in BC Advantage Magazine’s September/October Issue 15.5.

OSI Celebrates Publication of its Articles in BC Advantage Magazine

We are happy that the articles by OSI’s staff, Natalie Tornese and Meghann Drella, have been published in this prestigious industry publication and that our resources are available to the medical billing community. Documenting Syringomyelia - A Chronic Neurological Disorder. A chronic neurological disorder, syringomyelia occurs when a fluid-filled cyst (referred to as a syrinx) develops within the spinal cord.

Documenting Syringomyelia - A Chronic Neurological Disorder

The syrinx expands and lengthens over time causing severe damage and weakness to the spinal cord. It can compress and injure the nerve fibers that transmit information to the brain and from the brain to the rest of the body. Also called hydromyelia or Morvan disease, the condition occurs due to several possible causes. However, the majority of causes are related to a condition in which the brain tissue protrudes into the spinal cord. Generally, the condition is more common in adults aged 20-40 years, but it can affect people of all age groups. BC Advantage Magazine Features OSI’s Article as Cover Story. Outsource Strategies International (OSI), a reputable medical billing and coding company, is proud to announce that its article “September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month” has been featured as the cover story of the BC Advantage Magazine, the highly acclaimed CEU approved national online healthcare publication.

BC Advantage Magazine Features OSI’s Article as Cover Story

Written by Natalie Tornese, CPC, OSI’s Senior Group Manager, the article has been published in the Sept / Oct 2020 | Issue 15.5 of the magazine. Check out the infographic below The September issue of BC Advantage Magazine also features another article by OSI titled “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Addressing Challenges of Diagnosis and Clinical Management”. BC Advantage Magazine is the largest independent resource provider in the industry for medical coders and billers, healthcare auditors, practice managers, compliance officers, and clinical documentation experts. Coding Moyamoya Disease – A Progressive Cerebrovascular Disorder.

Regarded as a chronic, progressive condition of the brain, moyamoya disease occurs when the carotid artery in the skull becomes blocked or narrowed, reducing blood flow to your brain.

Coding Moyamoya Disease – A Progressive Cerebrovascular Disorder

The term “moyamoya” describes the appearance of tiny vessels that form to compensate for the blockage. In this condition, as the normal blood vessels narrow and become blocked, it may cause a ministroke (transient ischemic attack), stroke or bleeding in the brain. It can also affect the important functions of the brain and cause cognitive and developmental delays or disability. The brain tries to compensate for the reduced blood flow by growing new blood vessels called “collaterals”. Even though these blood vessels can temporarily help increase blood supply, they eventually stop working.

Generally, moyamoya disease affects children; however, adults may also experience this condition. Handling Reimbursement Challenges for Dental Core Build-up. Dental insurance reimbursement for core buildups is often challenging. Dental offices and dental billing companies must be up to date with CDT codes and payer guidelines to ensure accurate claim submission. Dental core build-up is a restorative procedure where the missing portion of the tooth is restored with dental filling material in order to support the crown restoration. The core build-up rebuilds the internal anatomy of the tooth structure as prepared for a crown.

A certain amount of supporting tooth structure has to be present to support a dental crown so it can perform successfully over the long term. The rebuilding process is done with a filling material which is called a core buildup. Check out the infographic below. Billing and Coding Nephrology Services provided via Telehealth. To facilitate care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the era of physical distancing, CMS expanded telehealth benefits on a temporary and urgent basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Medicare’s current guidance on telehealth for nephrology includes previous telehealth guidance issued on January 2019 and changes made to originating site and geographic restrictions to facilitate remote services to kidney patients in March 2020. Medical billing companies can help nephrology practices report remote visits for dialysis patients correctly based on updated telehealth policies.

The new regulations include guidelines for billing and coding remote nephrologist services provided to non-ESRD and dialysis patients. Billing and Coding Heartburn - Some Important Facts. Regarded as a common problem, heartburn refers to a burning pain in the chest (behind your breast bone), that often occurs with a bitter taste in your throat or mouth. The condition is felt when the stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus (the pipe that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). The burning pain is often worse after eating in the evening or when lying down or bending over. Generally, occasional heartburn is more common and causes no severe harm. Most people can handle the symptoms and other discomfort associated with the condition through lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications.

On the other hand, heartburn that occurs frequently or interferes with your daily activities may be a symptom of a more severe condition that requires medical care. Reports from the American College of Gastroenterology suggest that at least 15 million Americans experience heartburn every single day. BC Advantage Magazine Publishes OSI’s Article on CDI. Outsource Strategies International (OSI), a reputable medical billing and coding company, is glad to announce that its article “Key Strategies for Clinical Documentation Improvement in 2020” has been published in BC Advantage Magazine, a reputable online medical billing and coding resource. Written by Meghann Drella, an AAPC-certified coding professional on OSI’s expert team, the article appears in BC Advantage Magazine’s July / August 2020 | Issue 15.4. Check out the infographic below OSI’s team is very excited that another of its articles, “Gastroparesis Awareness Month in August”, is featured in this issue of BC Advantage Magazine.

BC Advantage Magazine is the largest independent resource provider in the industry for medical coders and billers, healthcare auditors, practice managers, compliance officers, and clinical documentation experts. Other OSI articles that this prestigious industry publication has published are: BC Advantage Magazine publishes CDI Article by OSI. Outsource Strategies International is delighted to announce that BC Advantage, a highly acclaimed CEU approved national online healthcare publication, has published its article titled “Key Strategies for Improving Clinical Documentation in 2020”. Written by Meghann Drella, CPC, OSI’s Senior Solutions Manager, Practice and Revenue Cycle Management, Healthcare Division, the article appears in BC Advantage Magazine’s July/August 2020 – ISSUE 15-4. Meghann is an AAPC-certified coding professional on OSI’s expert team. Maintaining documentation integrity is a major challenge faced by physicians while using automated EHR functions.

Though electronic documentation is designed to increase both the quality and the utility of clinical documentation, it has resulted in large volumes of data and repetitive information. Medical Codes for Narcolepsy Sleep Disorder [Infographic] Teledentistry - Key Benefits and Related CDT Codes. Documenting Rett’s Syndrome - Symptoms, Diagnosis & ICD-10 Code. Common Spine Disorders and Their ICD-10 Codes. Significant CPT Code Changes for Cardiology in 2020. The 2020 CPT code updates by the American Medical Association (AMA) include 394 code changes, including 248 codes, 7 deletions and 75 revisions. Documenting and Coding Cystic Fibrosis (CF) - A Detailed Overview. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), more than 30,000 children and adults in the United States and about 70,000 children and adults worldwide have cystic fibrosis (CF). It is estimated that around 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the US.

HIPAA Compliance for Remote Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19 scare and fear of the disease spreading has led many companies around the globe to go for remote working and letting their employees work from home to promote “social distancing”. During this period, healthcare organizations should also be prepared to follow suit, because, even if it’s remote working, all employees need to stay compliant with HIPAA privacy and security requirements just as in the office. COVID-19: How Should Remote Coders Adapt to This New Situation.

Immunodeficiency Disorders- ICD-10 Codes & COVID-19 Treatment Rules. It is believed that COVID-19 poses higher risks for the elderly and people with severe asthma, immunodeficiency and other conditions that compromise their immunity. The immune system helps protect the body from antigens such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and foreign blood or tissues from another person or species. Immunodeficiency Disorders- ICD-10 Codes & COVID-19 Treatment Rules. How to Report Medial Epicondylitis with the Right ICD-10 Codes. Medial epicondylitis is a condition that is marked by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. The condition causes pain where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump inside the elbow. Key Medical Billing and Coding Guidelines for ADHD. Spread Awareness of Oral Cancer, Causes & Symptoms This April. April is observed as “Oral Cancer Awareness Month” in the United States.

Sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation, the campaign acts as a unique platform to highlight the importance of early detection of oral cancer and encourage regular and timely screenings. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Teledentistry. Oral diseases can significantly affect the overall health, well-being and quality of life of people. Good oral health can be achieved through adequate preventive care, regular self-care, early detection, treatment and effective management of problems.

The prevalence of dental diseases is disproportionately high among people with low income, wherein the resources for diagnosis, treatment, billing coverage and prevention are limited. OSI article on Pharmacy PA in BC Advantage Magazine. Documenting Pericarditis - A Common Inflammatory Heart Condition. How to Report and Code Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Coding Chondromalacia Patellae, a Common Knee Pain Condition. How to Document Allergic Rhinitis, a Common Allergy Condition. Document Subdural Hematoma with ICD-10 Codes.

Documenting and Coding Bronchitis - A Common Lung Infection. ICD-10 Medical Codes for Six Common Dental Conditions. Documenting and Coding Leukoplakia - A Common Mouth Condition. Reporting and Coding Chondromalacia Patella in ICD-10. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Craniotomy. ICD-10 Codes for Reporting Different Soft-tissue Injuries. Documenting and Coding Abruptio Placentae in ICD-10. Six Common Sleep Disorders and Related ICD-10 Codes. Reimbursable ICD10 and CPT Codes for Home and Office Sleep Studies. Radiology Authorization Company. Be Familiar with the ICD-10 Codes for Reporting Five Common Skin Conditions. Pharmacy Benefit Verification. Migraines – Types, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention - mosoutsource — LiveJournal. Get to Know the ICD-10 Codes for Asthma.

Insurance Authorization Services. How to Code for Dental Caries Using ICD-10 Medical Codes. How to Code for Dental Caries Using ICD-10 Medical Codes. OSI’s article on Tick and Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Published in BC Advantage Magazine. Medical Coding Article by Outsource Strategies International Published in BC Advantage Magazine. Coding for Bunionectomy, a Common Foot and Bone Surgical Procedure. Coding Different Types of Anemia – A Look at the Related ICD-10 Codes. Orthopedics Medical Billing. Dental Billing Services. Learn About Coding for HIV Screening on This National HIV Testing Day. Sickle Cell Disorders – ICD 10 Codes and Documentation Tips. Critical Care Medical Billing: HIPAA Compliant Service. Documenting and Coding Cerebrovascular Disease.

Documenting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with ICD-10 and CPT Codes. Documenting Neuroendocrine Tumors – An Overview of the ICD-10 Codes. Documenting Hemarthrosis with the Correct ICD-10 Codes.