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    Default Exposure to influenza

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    Please help me: 87804/87804-59 were given to pt whose wife has flu. Used V0179 but rejected saying this procedure is not consistent with the diagnosis given.
    What is the appropriate code to this situation?

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    V017 other viral diseases condition 042-078.
    Influenza is not in this category!!
    How about V01.9 unspecified communicable disease
    to be used?

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    How about V73.89, Special screening examination for other specified viral diseases? (I'm not sure why V01.79 wasn't acceptable...)
    Pam Tienter, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CCS-P, CPMA, CPC-I
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    AAPC National ICD-10-CM Trainer

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    V01.7 Contact with or exposure to other viral diseases
    Conditions classifiable to 042-078 and V08,
    V01.79 Contact or exposure to other viral diseases

    So we cannot code this, we can go with V01.9.
    V01.9 Contact with or exposure to unspecified communicable disease
    Thyagarajan Munuswamy CPC CCS

    "Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success".
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    Default Exposure to Influenza

    When I have a diagnosis like that and they are given Tamiful to cover it I use V01.89 exposure to other communicable diseases and V07.8 (prophylaxis). Since they consider SARS (coronvirus) communicable, Influenza can be considered a communicable disease. It is spread by other people, it can be spread through touching objects the infected person has touched, sneezed on and so forth. I have not had any claims rejected using this code so far.

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