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Learn the 2018 ICD-10 Codes for Foodborne Illnesses

Bacterial gastroenteritis is a diagnosis that medical billing outsourcing companies frequently see. Gastroenteritis causes the stomach and intestines to become irritated and inflamed. While many gastrointestinal infections are caused by viruses, bacterial infections or “food poisoning” is very common. It is estimated that an estimated 1 in 6 people in the U.S. contract foodborne illness […]

BC Advantage Magazine publishes Medical Coding Article by Outsource Strategies International

Outsource Strategies International (OSI) is pleased to announce that its article “How to Code Screening and Diagnostic Colonoscopy” has been published in BC Advantage Magazine, a highly acclaimed CEU approved national online healthcare publication. The article provides comprehensive information on reporting diagnostic and screening colonoscopy with ICD-10 codes, CPT codes for Medicare and other payers, […]

Reporting Pediatric Preventive Services in 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures recommends well-child visits as a strategy for pediatricians and parents to support the needs of children. Outsourcing medical coding can help ensure accurate capture of services provided to maximize reimbursement opportunities. In addition to being up-to-date with the latest codes, coders with pediatric clinical experience are familiar with […]

Updates to Pain Medicine Codes in 2018

On October 1, 2017, practice management and electronic health record systems updated the code sets for pain medicine. New ICD-10 codes in 2018 allow pain physicians and medical coding outsourcing companies to report spinal stenosis with a higher level of specificity and to describe substance abuse in remission. There are also revisions to CPT codes […]

New and Revised ICD-10 Codes for Pulmonary Hypertension in 2018

ICD-10 2018 expands the code choices for pulmonary hypertension (PHT). Reporting PHT correctly, as experienced coders in medical coding companies know, depends on having a proper understanding of hypertension and hypertension groupings. Pulmonary Hypertension According to the American Heart Association, PHT refers to high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, occurring when the […]

Ob-Gyn ICD Codes Get a Makeover in 2018

Physician practices are facing more than 845 ICD-10 changes, including 454 additions, 142 deletions, and over 250 revisions in 2018. The ICD-10 code set for 2018 includes quite a few changes of interest to ob-gyns. The updates for women’s health include new, revised and deleted ICD-10 codes. Partnering with an experienced medical coding outsourcing company […]

Laceration Repair CPT Codes and Billing Guidelines

About 6 million patients seek laceration treatment in emergency departments every year, according to a 2017 American Family Physician report. Primary care physicians also provide urgent laceration treatment. The goal of laceration treatment is to repair a wound safely without increasing risk of infection and with optimal cosmetic results. Reporting wound repair can be complex […]