Screening or Diagnostic?

ELBrock

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The patient presents for a visit stating that two weeks ago, she experienced vaginal burning and discharge. She treated herself with OTC Monistat, and her symptoms resolved.
She would like to have a test run to see if she has a lingering infection.
The provider runs a NuSwab, which returns negative for all infections.
The provider ordered an office visit 99213 with diagnosis Z11.3 (Encounter for screening for infections with a predominantly sexual mode of transmission.)

I am questioning whether this visit meets the definition of a screening service? What are your thoughts? If you disagree, what other diagnosis would you select?

Thank you!
 

luhre

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I'm thinking the test was ordered because of her symptoms, vaginal burning and discharge. Their checking for any lingering infection. I would code N89.8
 

thomas7331

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I agree - it does not meet the definition of a screening because the test was done due to symptoms.
 
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