World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) day is observed globally on May 30th every year. The 2018 annual campaign aims to raise global awareness about multiple sclerosis and to support and connect with people living with this condition worldwide. MS is the most widespread disabling neurological condition that affects the central nervous system. There is no cure for MS. But complementary health practices along with medications, physical therapy exercises, balanced diet and adequate rest can often help to control the symptoms. Appropriate and timely treatment for MS slows the progression of the disease thereby managing the symptoms. For correct clinical documentation of this chronic neurological disorder, physicians can consider medical billing outsourcing services.
Celebrate World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day on May 30 – Spread Awareness about MS
Reports suggest that about 2.5 million in the world are living with MS. About 200 new cases are diagnosed every week in the United States. Symptoms range widely, depending on the location of affected nerve fibers and may include numbness/weakness (in one or more limbs), muscle weakness, slurred speech, partial or complete loss of vision, difficulties with co-ordination and balance and problems with thinking and memory. Sponsored by the MS International Federation (MSIF), this one-day campaign brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. A combination of genetics and environmental factors appears to be responsible for this autoimmune disorder. People can develop this condition at any age though most people diagnosed are in the age group of 20 – 40 years. There are no specific lab tests that can correctly diagnose MS. Physicians are more likely to begin their evaluation with a detailed medical history and physical examination. Several diagnostic imaging tests such as lumbar puncture (spinal tap), evoked potential tests, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and blood tests will be conducted to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment options include – corticosteroids, plasma exchange (plasmapheresis), physical therapy, muscle relaxants and other medications to treat relapsing-remitting MS and to reduce depression, pain, and bladder or bowel control problems that are associated with this neurological condition.

Neurologists who treat MS are required to maintain clear and complete documentation regarding their patients’ diagnosis and the medical services provided. Neurology medical coding involves using the specific ICD-10 diagnosis codes for reporting MS on the medical claims they submit to health insurers for reimbursement. ICD-10-CM codes used to indicate a diagnosis of MS come in the range G35- G37.

G35 – Multiple sclerosis

G36 – Other acute disseminated demyelination

  • G36.0 – Neuromyelitis optica [Devic]
  • G36.1- Acute and subacute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis [Hurst]
  • G36.8 – Other specified acute disseminated demyelination
  • G36.9 – Acute disseminated demyelination, unspecified

G37 – Other demyelinating diseases of central nervous system

  • G37.0 – Diffuse sclerosis of central nervous system
  • G37.1 – Central demyelination of corpus callosum
  • G37.2 – Central pontine myelinolysis
  • G37.3 – Acute transverse myelitis in demyelinating disease of central nervous system
  • G37.4 – Sub-acute necrotizing myelitis of central nervous system
  • G37.5- Concentric sclerosis [Balo] of central nervous system
  • G37.8 – Other specified demyelinating diseases of central nervous system
  • G37.9 – Demyelinating disease of central nervous system, unspecified

World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day was first initiated in the year 2009 by the MS International Federation (MSIF). Since 2009, this event has grown in to a large campaign reaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world and focusing on different themes each year. The 2018 event will be called ‘Bringing Us Closer’ and the theme is Research.

As part of the campaign, a wide range of activities takes place throughout the month of May. The event acts as a global platform to bring the MS community together to share stories, and raise awareness about this autoimmune disorder. It also helps connect those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) with other people involved in MS research and fundraising (including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, and volunteers among others). Participants in this event can assist in spreading awareness by sharing their personal stories using the hash tags #bringinguscloser and #worldmsday on social media. In addition, MSIF provides a toolkit of free resources to encourage everyone to take part in World MS Day and make it a success.