Outsource Strategies International is glad to announce that the highly acclaimed CEU approved national online healthcare publication BC Advantage has published its article titled “Gastroparesis Awareness Month in August.” Written by Meghann Drella, CPC, OSI’s Senior Solutions Manager, the article appears in BC Advantage Magazine’s July/August 2020 – ISSUE 15-4. Meghann is an AAPC-certified coding professional on OSI’s expert team.

The article provides a comprehensive overview of Gastroparesis or “stomach paralysis”, a digestive disorder caused by delayed emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. BC Advantage CEO’s letter noted that OSI’s this article is in the right time for Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), there are about 5 million people in the United States living with the debilitating or life-threatening symptoms of gastroparesis, with women more likely to develop the disorder than men. Early diagnosis is crucial to prevent or delay complications. Gastroparesis Awareness month is observed to focus attention on diagnosis and treatment of Gastroparesis, and promote preventive strategies to improve quality of life.

The article discusses the symptoms and causes of gastroparesis, the challenges of diagnosing it, and treatments. It also discusses how to document the condition and the ICD-10 codes to report it under different circumstances – such as if gastroparesis is reported as a post-operative complication without obstruction and if the physician documents it as a post-procedural a complication.

OSI, a healthcare business process outsourcing company based in the U.S., was established in 2002. The company provides end-to-end medical billing services for medical practices, dental practices, dentists and physicians and also specializes in insurance verifications and authorizations. 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.

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. The July-August 2020 issue also features another OSI article titled “Key Strategies for Improving Clinical Documentation in 2020” in July/August Edition.

Other OSI articles published by BC Advantage Magazine are: “Pharmacy Prior Authorization – Challenges and Solutions”, “Tick and Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Treatment”, “Viral Hepatitis – Types, Symptoms, and Diagnosis Codes” and “How to Code Screening and Diagnostic Colonoscopy”. Two OSI reports, “Thanksgiving-Specific Foodborne Illnesses – Types, Symptoms, and ICD-10 Codes” and “ICD 10 Codes for some of the Worst Epidemics in the U.S”, were also featured in the magazine’s online medical coding article section.