Question Using Screening for COVID(Z11.52) as a testing DX?

srandolph11

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Where can I find some great information to talk to providers about using this diagnosis for testing? From what I have found so far, it can not be used during the pandemic, and if it is, it can be used for pre-op testing. They are not doing this as a pre-op test. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

vinessachilders

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The coding guidelines in the ICD-10 code books actually state that Z11.52 is inaccurate for use in the pandemic. You can use the article from AAPC to show them in black and white that it is not correct.

  • Section I.C.1.g.1.f – Screening for COVID-19: In addition to explaining that it is not appropriate to report a screening code during the COVID-19 pandemic, the guideline now specifically states, “Do not assign code Z11.52 Encounter for screening for COVID-19.” Current guidance instructs you to use Z20.822 to report encounters for COVID-19 testing, including preoperative testing.
Here's an article for providers:
 
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