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TB Skin Test Reading

Renee Posted Fri 16th of December, 2011 13:19:32 PM

A patient was hear for their yearly well child checkup. At this time a routine TB skin test was performed '86580-Tine Test'. Can we charge an office visit level 99211 code for when the patient returns two days later for the reading of the skin test?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 16th of December, 2011 17:15:27 PM

That is the normal practice, because in the process there is no face-to-face encounter with the physician.

Lori Answered Mon 20th of February, 2012 17:24:13 PM

I wanted to verify what diagnosis code we could use for the placing of the '86580-Tine test' when a patient comes in only for that test, no other services. Also, what diagnosis code do we use when they return to have the skin test read?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 20th of February, 2012 22:16:27 PM

Hello – From what I’m finding, V74.1 applies both for 86580 and for the return 99211 (assuming the test is negative). If the test is positive you’ll need to choose the appropriate code, such as 795.51.

Deborah Marsh, JD, MA, CPC, CHONC
The Coding Institute

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