What is ICD-10 and Why are Insurance Claims Being Denied…

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 […]

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What Can I Do to Prevent Skin Discoloration After Procedures?

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 […]

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I Have Diabetes, Am I at a Higher Risk for Complications from Venous Insufficiency?

By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Diabetes, even if well controlled, is an unpredictable disease.  Sometimes there is no correlation between how good the diabetes is managed and the degree of complications.  Common complications of diabetes that can effect venous health include poor healing and peripheral neuropathy.  Treating venous insufficiency will reduce the potential for […]

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I Had an Ablation Procedure but I Can Still See Veins…Why Didn’t They Go Away???

By Jill Buterbaugh, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC Venous insufficiency is a disease where a vein fails to work properly and becomes congested, distended and results in varicose veins.  In venous insufficiency, it is usually veins in the superficial system that fail but even though they are called “superficial,” they often are not visible to the naked […]

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