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    Does anyone know if there are some new rules to coding/billing for rapid strep in the office? One of my nurses said that we shouldn't code/bill for the rapid strep when the results are negative and then it's sent out for culture.

    Can anyone clear this up for me.

    Thanks, Laury

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    Greeley, Colorado


    Even if th erapid strep is negative you should code for it. I've heard nothing to support what your nurse is telling you. I would ask her where she got her information!
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    what dx do you use?
    adrianne, cpc

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    Greeley, Colorado


    The signs/symptoms code. For example fever, nausea, N&V, etc...
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    I totally agree with Lisa. You should code from the signs and symptoms and should code for the rapid strep even if it's negative.
    ~Amy, CPC, CPMA, CEMC~

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    I do, I just wanted to make sure I was doing it correctely.
    adrianne, cpc

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