As 2021 comes to a close, let’s look back at OSI’s top blog posts. Our website has secured the third position in Feedspot’s Top 40 Medical Billing and Coding Blogs & Websites ranking list by staying on top of information about medical billing and coding. In addition to our medical coding and billing services, our blog section features the latest news/updates, tips, opinions/reflections, resources, and reviews. Moreover, many of our informative articles got featured in BC Advantage Magazine- which validates our company’s culture of hard work and customer service.

As we say goodbye to 2021, we’re recapping our top ten blog posts of the year.

  1. CPT Code Updates for Breast Procedures in 2021breast proceduresPlastic surgery offers women various options to change the appearance of the breasts such as breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast reduction and breast lift. In 2021, major changes to CPT codes for breast procedures were made, which include 15 revised codes and two deletions. This blog discusses those breast procedures CPT code updates.
  2. New CDT Coding Changes For 2022cdt codesAs a reliable dental billing company, we stay up to date on CDT coding changes to help dentists use current and specific codes to document and accurately report what they do, bill patients correctly, and communicate to payers about treatments submitted for reimbursement. This blog discusses CDT coding changes for 2022 which includes 16 additions, 14 revisions and six deletions, and eight codes adopted in March 2021 for vaccine administration and molecular testing for a public health-related pathogen. These changes will come into effect on Jan. 1.
  3. Gastroenterology Billing and Coding in 2021 – Key Points to Notegastroenterology billingThis blog provides key billing and coding information for gastroenterologists. It also draws attention to the importance of proper documentation, following E/M guidelines, correct use of modifiers, accurate diagnostic coding, and knowing how to navigate new rules related to telehealth services.
  4. ICD-10 Codes to Report Low Vision and Blindnesslow visionThis blog discusses how to document low vision and blindness in medical claims and lists the ICD 10 codes to report these eye conditions.
  5. Colon Polyps – Diagnosis and ICD-10 Codingcolon polypsColon polyps are common in American adults, especially among men and older adults. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service estimates that about 15 to 40 percent of adults may have colon polyps. This blog discusses the ICD-10 Codes for the condition.
  6. Two Common Knee Ligament Injuries and Their ICD-10 Codesknee ligamentBilling and coding for knee ligament injuries can be complex as there are different codes associated with each specific condition. This blog discusses ICD-10 coding for two common knee ligament injuries – Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).
  7. Risk Adjustment and HCC Coding – A Look at Best Practicesrisk adjustmentAccording to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the main aim of Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding is to help “communicate patient complexity and paint a picture of the whole patient.” Correct HCC coding enables better health management and helps proper assessment of quality and cost performance for accurate reimbursements from Medicare Advantage plans. Non-adherence to the risk adjustment and coding requirements for Medicare Advantage can adversely impact practice/hospital revenue.
  8. Medical Billing and Coding Trends Practices Can’t Ignore in 2021medical billing coding trendsAs medical billing and coding rules are changed periodically and new codes introduced from time to time, physicians and their medical coding companies must be up to date with the current trends. This blog discusses the top medical billing and coding trends of 2021.
  9. What are the Highlights of the FY 2022 ICD-10 Code Changes and Official Guidelines?fy 2022The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the ICD-10 codes and Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for the fiscal year 2022 on July 12, which will come into effect on October 1, 2022. The new ICD-10 update has 159 new codes, 22 revised codes and 30 invalidated codes. Our blog discusses the highlights of the proposed ICD-10 code changes.
  10. Notable Cardiovascular System CPT Code Changes in 2021notable cardiovascular systemIn 2021, both the Category I and Category III sections of the CPT code book featured new codes for the Cardiovascular System to accommodate innovation, new technology, and development of digital health solutions.

In 2021, our team published over 180 blog posts that covered various topics in the field of medical billing and coding for various specialties. We look forward to keeping you informed and updated in 2022 too!