Outsource Strategies International is pleased to announce that its article “Gastroparesis Awareness Month in August” has been published in BC Advantage Magazine (July / August 2020 | Issue 15.4).

Written by Meghann Drella, CPC, a Senior Solutions Manager at Managed Outsource Solutions (MOS), the article provides comprehensive information on symptoms and causes of gastroparesis, the challenges of diagnosing it, and treatment. It also discusses how to document the condition and the ICD-10 codes to report under different circumstances, such as if gastroparesis is reported as a post-operative complication without obstruction and it the physician documents it as a post-procedural a complication.

A digestive disorder, gastroparesis means “stomach paralysis”. It causes delayed emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. There are about 5 million people in the United States living with the debilitating or life-threatening symptoms of gastroparesis, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD). Women are more likely to develop gastroparesis than men.

Sponsored by the IFFGD, Gastroparesis Awareness Month is dedicated to improving, understanding, and management of the disease. As the BC Advantage CEO’s letter notes, OSI’s article is just in time for Gastroparesis Awareness month in August. This is the right time to focus attention on diagnosis and treatment of gastroparesis, and promote preventive strategies to improve health-related quality of life concerns.

Similar to other medical disorders, early diagnosis of gastroparesis makes treatment easier, which is why awareness about the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of the gastroparesis is critical. However, diagnosing gastroparesis can pose challenges, with experts pointing out that physicians often tend to overlook or under-diagnose, and even misdiagnose the condition as its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions.

A healthcare business process outsourcing company based in the U.S., OSI was established in 2002. The company provides coding and medical billing services for all specialties, ranging from Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, General and specialized surgery, to Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Pain management, more. OSI’s team of skilled AAPC-certified coders have a strong understanding of ICD-10-CM and CPT requirements and procedures, and stays up-to-date with coding changes, payer-specific documentation requirements, and state and federal regulations. The company’s expert team also provides insurance verification and authorization services and has extensive experience in working with all government and private insurances.

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.

“Gastroparesis Awareness Month in August” is one of the many OSI articles published by this prestigious publication.