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    I am in need of assistance. I just came across this test that was done at our lab.

    Patient had a Positive Quantiferon Gold (blood test)
    795.5 can not be used because it states : Nonspecific reaction to tuberculin skin test without active tuberculosis.
    I have never come across this before. Can anyone help with this DX code?

    thanks
    Dorothy

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    Why was the blood test performed in the first place? V74.1 - special screening for pulmonary tuberculosis. Maybe you could use code 795.79 - Other and unspecified nonspecific immunological findings.



    Stefanie Cramer, CPC
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    Medical Coding and Consulting
    Cramer Consulting

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    795.52 might work
    Nancy H.

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    I guess i would then code the tubuclosis. Tuberculosis of the skin is 017.0 or there are other forms listed 010- 018

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDREAHSANCHEZ View Post
    I guess i would then code the tubuclosis. Tuberculosis of the skin is 017.0 or there are other forms listed 010- 018
    I wouldn't code TB unless specifically documented by the physician. It could be a false positive or just that the patient was exposed to TB. Nancy H's Dx 795.52 is the best Dx but you can't use it until after 10/1/11 otherwise stick with 795.5 unless otherwise documented by the provider.
    Last edited by Tonyj; 10-07-2011 at 08:10 AM.

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