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Every year, American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed countrywide on the fourth Tuesday in March. The 2018 event (which commemorates the 28th annual American Diabetes Alert Day) which falls on March 27 is a day to raise alarm about the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and urge the American public to take the “Diabetes Risk Test” to assess their risk for this condition. Alert Day is a one-day “wake up call” that encourages people to participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes. According to the Diabetes Statistics Report (2017 report) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30.3 million people in the US suffer from diabetes (9.4% of the US population) including 23.1 million people who are diagnosed and 7.2 million people who are undiagnosed.American Association Diabetes Alert Day

Known as the most common form of diabetes among US adults, Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition wherein the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas to maintain a normal glucose level. More common among adults (above the age of 45 years), this condition increasingly affects children as childhood obesity increases. There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, but the progressive condition can be effectively managed through healthy lifestyle modifications and medications to prevent further complications. Most cases of diabetes may go undiagnosed for years, even after the onset of the disease. The American Diabetes Association recommends routine screening for Type 2 diabetes beginning at the age of 45 years, especially for people who are overweight. In addition, screening is recommended for people who are below 45 years and overweight if there are other heart disease or diabetes risk factors present, such as a sedentary lifestyle, a family history of Type 2 diabetes and a personal history of gestational diabetes. Regular screening tests help in identifying the condition in its early stages and reversing the serious complications caused by this disease. For correct clinical documentation of this condition, physicians can benefit from the services of medical billing outsourcing companies.

Reports suggest that about 84.1 million US adults (33.9% of the adult population) have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The 2018 Diabetes Alert Day aims to educate the general public about the symptoms and risk factors associated with the condition and diagnose it during the early stages or even prevent it if possible.

In most cases, many people with diabetes display no symptoms. Since this condition is commonly (but not always) diagnosed at a later age, the signs and symptoms are often considered as signs of getting older. In some cases, by the time Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the complications of this condition may already be present. The common signs and symptoms include – increased thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing sores or frequent infections and areas of darkened skin.

As part of the 2018 campaign, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is encouraging people to take the “Diabetes Risk Test” and find out if they are at risk of developing this chronic condition. The test requires people to answer a series of questions about their weight, age, family history and other risk factors for developing this condition. Preventive steps/measures are recommended for people who have high risk by encouraging them to follow a healthy diet and physical exercise. Type 2 diabetes can be effectively controlled and managed to a great extent through healthy eating, regular physical activity and regular blood sugar monitoring. These steps will help keep your blood sugar level closer to normal, which can delay or prevent complications.

Physicians/ diabetologists offering treatment for diabetic patients are reimbursed for their services. The diagnosis, screening tests and other procedures must be carefully documented using appropriate medical codes. Medical billing and coding services offered by reputable providers can help physicians in using the right ICD-10 codes for their medical billing process. ICD-10 codes used for Type 2 Diabetes include –

  • E11 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • E11.0 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hyperosmolarity
  • E11.1 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis
  • E11.2 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications
  • E11.3 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic complications
  • E11.4 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with neurological complications
  • E11.5 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with circulatory complications
  • E11.6 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with other specified complications
  • E11.8 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus with unspecified complications
  • E11.9 – Type 2 diabetes mellitus without complications

Hospitals, healthcare centers, and other types of medical facilities across the nation will host events such as seminars, discussions, presentations and share information on social media to raise public awareness about diabetes. Companies and organizations can play an important role on Alert Day by encouraging their employees and members to participate in the one-minute test to determine risk for pre-diabetes, share it with friends and family and consider giving back to ADA. In addition, companies can also participate in this event by sharing photos and/or videos of their employees and their organization in action.

Join the movement to stop diabetes. Encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes.