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Old 09-11-2008, 09:46 AM
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Default Seronegative Arthritis...

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Does anyone know if it's acceptable to code "Seronegative Arthritis" as Rheumatoid Arthritis (714.0) or is better to code it as: 714.89 Other specified inflammatory polyarthropathies?

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Old 09-11-2008, 06:23 PM
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Hi,
Does anyone know if it's acceptable to code "Seronegative Arthritis" as Rheumatoid Arthritis (714.0) or is better to code it as: 714.89 Other specified inflammatory polyarthropathies?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer..
I would check on this and find out what the doc meant by "seronegative". Seronegative means they are producing a negative reaction to serological tests which is the study of fluid components in the blood esp. antigens and antibodies. Was he/she testing the blood to see if the arthritis was being cause by something else and came up negative?

I wouldn't think Rheumatoid would be appropriate because it doesn't say Rheumatoid, it just says Arthritis. It might just end up being the code for arthritis 716.9X, but I would query.

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