Medical Billing Companies in El Paso Texas- May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the US. It gives Lyme patients, activists, and educators a chance to share information about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Lyme Disease Awareness Month is a time for focusing on and promoting preventative measures against Lyme disease, as well as encouraging discourse about research and treatment. It is an annual observance that offers hope to sufferers by reinvigorating the efforts of everyone fighting to eradicate the disease.
SO, WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is a common vector-borne illness, an acute inflammatory disease that results from the bite of a tick infected with a species of the bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is spread through bites from infected ticks, including the black-legged tick (also known as the common deer tick). When an infected tick bites someone, it transfers the bacteria it carries and passes the infection to that person.
Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose. It is assessed based on symptoms, physical findings such as rash, and possible exposure to ticks. If diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages, some patients can recover with treatment. However, if not diagnosed or treated early, Lyme disease can develop into a chronic illness; it can lead to long-term, serious health problems.
SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
Symptoms may vary depending on the specific type of Borrelia. Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash. (Note: sometimes the rash resembles a bullseye, but NOT always.) If left untreated, it can impact joints, the heart, and the nervous system. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there is no way to know the exact number of Lyme disease cases in America at any given time; but it is estimated that approximately 476,000 people are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year according to the most recently available data.
Though many people believe Lyme disease occurs only in certain regions throughout the US, it actually can be found in EVERY state. Lyme disease knows no boundaries (and has, in fact, been found on every continent except Antarctica). Rates of the disease have increased significantly over time, infecting people of every age and from all walks of life.
Unfortunately, not all health insurance companies cover the full cost of treatment for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Because it is so crucial to use the correct medical codes for documenting symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, outsourcing medical coding and billing can be key in helping physicians treating the illness to submit their medical claims without errors. This will ensure that all Lyme disease-related medical claims are processed accurately and efficiently, so healthcare providers and their patients can focus on care and treatment.
Quick Claimers Medical Billing is a professional medical coding and billing company based in El Paso, Texas, committed to serving healthcare professionals by providing effective medical coding and billing solutions that support productivity and payment. The knowledgeable team of medical coding and billing specialists at Quick Claimers will organize and process healthcare claims accurately and efficiently, to ensure that healthcare providers receive appropriate payment for all the services they offer, such as treatment of tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease. If you would like more information about what Quick Claimers can for you and your healthcare practice, please contact Quick Claimers Medical Billing online or by phone at 915-351-6600.