By Jill Buterbaugh CRNP and Carle Garland, Billing Specialist What is the difference between varicose veins that insurance covers and cosmetic veins that insurance will not pay for? Venous insufficiency is a medical disease that causes varicose veins to develop. Varicose veins by definition are veins that have become dilated more than 5 mm. Once the […]Read more "Will insurance pay for my varicose vein treatment???"
Each insurance company has guidelines that must be met in order for them to consider varicose vein procedures as meeting “Medical Necessity”. Medical Necessity is also referred to as having the procedures authorized or approved for payment. Some of those policy guidelines specify that the patient must have tried rest, elevating the legs, and wearing medical grade […]Read more "What are the Insurance Policy Guidelines?"
Graduated compression therapy is an effective treatment for venous disease by compressing the surface veins, decreasing their diameter, and forcing blood into to the deep venous system. Research has proven that when compression is used to treat medical disease such as varicose veins and leg swelling, it should be at least 20 to 30 mmHg […]Read more "What is Compression Therapy?"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Venous insufficiency is not just a disease of the legs. Some women experience pelvic congestion syndrome where they may have varicose veins in the groin or labial areas and incompetent veins supplying the ovaries, uterus, vagina, bladder, and rectum. Symptoms may include chronic pelvic pain or discomfort, painful menses, […]Read more "I Never Had Vein Problems Until Pregnancy…"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Let’s face it…obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Our fast track lifestyles and eating on the go enable us to excuse our bad habits of eating fast foods and processed foods as the mainstay of our diets, while eating healthy is more of a rarity. People who do […]Read more "Obesity and Vein Disease; Is Obesity Really a Problem?"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC While it is true that more women than men get varicose veins, the disease is not gender specific. Multiple studies in the past have revealed that both genders get varicose veins but with varying results. An absolute estimate is impossible based on the wide range of results, but […]Read more "I’m A Man, Can I Get Varicose Veins?"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Advancements in technology have made it possible to do things in an office setting that in the past, always had to be done in an operating room. This, coupled with advancements in the procedures themselves, have made it much more likely that many patients can resume their normal […]Read more "I Need to Have My Veins Treated, But I’m Worried About Missing Work……"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC On October 1, 2015, the World Health Organization which our government is part of, mandated that all medical diagnosis must be given a code compliant with International Classification of Disease (ICD), 10th edition. Before October, all health care providers and insurance companies in the United States used ICD 9th edition to […]Read more "What is ICD-10 and Why are Insurance Claims Being Denied…"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy often result in some hyperpigmentation or brown discoloration of the skin for several weeks after the procedure. In rare cases, discoloration may be permanent but in most cases it does resolve although sometimes it can take up to a year to completely fade. Hyperpigmentation […]Read more "What Can I Do to Prevent Skin Discoloration After Procedures?"
By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC The symptoms resulting from diseased veins can also be symptoms caused by other disease processes. Sometimes it is not possible to determine what is causing the symptoms specifically so treating the veins is actually like having a test done. If the symptoms go away after treatment, then we know […]Read more "I Had My Veins Treated, But My Symptoms Are Still There…."