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Coding positive when test is negative

Jerilen Posted Wed 31st of August, 2011 19:57:05 PM

Ordering diagnosis on the requisition for a Herpes Virus test is 054.10. The test is negative and the patient has no history of a positive result for Herpes. Do we use the positive code that was sent from the referring physician?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 01st of September, 2011 06:59:49 AM

No, We can't use diagnosis of Herpes virus (054.10), when patient doesn't have the herpes infection (negative result). As it was a suspected condition , we can use V02.9 as Dx.

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