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Outsource Strategies International (OSI) is a medical billing and coding or revenue cycle management company which does healthcare back office outsourcing. OSI is pleased to announce that their article “Viral Hepatitis – Types, Symptoms and Codes” has been published by BC Advantage Magazine (Issue 14.4-10-13). The article was written by Natalie Tornese, CPC, OSI’s Senior Solutions Manager, Practice and Revenue Cycle Management, Healthcare Division.

Hepatitis is the most commonly reported bloodborne infection in the United States. According the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), more than four million Americans have viral hepatitis and the number of new infections is increasing drastically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A across the country in recent years.

OSI’s article discusses the causes and symptoms of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, the most common strains in the US. The article is a timely one given that there is evidence that hepatitis A, B, C and E peak in spring and summer. It highlights the need timely treatment and more aggressive solutions to the current challenges in the battle against viral hepatitis. Barriers to control of hepatitis include the opioid epidemic, poor cognition among the affected population, and increase in HCV infection among pregnant women.

With the growing number of infections, infectious disease clinicians need to be very vigilant to screen and manage patients to help control the spread of all forms of hepatitis and avoid a severe outbreak. This article provides the ICD-10 codes for viral hepatitis. Choosing the correct ICD code is necessary to fully describe a patient’s condition.

An experienced medical billing company, OSI was established in 2002. The company has grown along with the expansion of healthcare industry and provides services that cover the entire gamut of the revenue cycle management (RCM) cycle. This includes medical appointment scheduling, patient eligibility verification, coding including Medicare Part B coding, audits, billing to claims submission, payment collection, and claims follow-up.

With extensive industry experience, OSI provides accurate and timely medical billing services for a wide range of specialties and practices of all sizes. The company’s team of skilled AAPC-certified coders stays up-to-date with code changes, payer documentation guidelines, and state and federal regulations. Medical billing and coding services are available for all specialties including Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, General and specialized surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Pain management, and more. Other services include Medical Record Review and HEDIS Chart Review.

OSI’s website is a valuable resource for healthcare providers. Blogs and practice resources are regularly updated, allowing physicians to stay on top of industry trends.

BC Advantage Magazine is the only resource in the industry that CEU Approved by several leading associations. It is the largest independent resource provider in the industry for medical coders and billers, healthcare auditors, practice managers, compliance officers, and clinical documentation experts. OSI is honored to have its article featured in BC Advantage Magazine and looks forward to submitting more valuable content to this publication.