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Primary Care Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Specify Dx, not Symptom, for Strep Test Success

Question: We recently ran a rapid strep test on a patient who came in complaining of a sore throat. The nurse who administered the test used R07.0 in the electronic health record (EHR). The test came back negative, and the doctor documented that the patient had a viral sore throat. How should we bill the strep test — with the [...]