Results 1 to 5 of 5

Herpez Zoster---Please Help

  1. #1
    Default Herpez Zoster---Please Help
    New Call-to-action
    I am working on a claim that the patient has a HX of Hepres Zoster.
    Would you code a history of Viral Infections or Neurological Infection? Can I code it as a current problem since Herpes never goes away?
    The patient is not having any sx of the Herpes.

    Please help me with claim.
    Some poeple tell me to code the current herpes code and I dont feel comfortable coding that.


  2. Default
    Ohh, this is a great question. I'm having a similar issue as well. I see this question hasn't been answered, so I hope someone will read it and respond.

  3. #3
    New Windsor, New York
    Default Any treatment?
    In the ICD-9 Coding Guidelines, history V codes are used if the condition "no longer exists and is not recieving any treatment, but that has the potential for recurrence and therefore may require continuing monitoring." While herpes never completely "goes away", is it still being monitored and is there any treatment still being provided or used, such as medications?


    Associate Director, Compliance Audit Program
    Westchester Medical Center Health Network
    Valhalla, NY

    Vice President - New Windsor NY Local Chapter 2019
    Past Secretary - Ellenville NY Local Chapter - 2016-17

  4. Default
    Lance, I didn't even think to check the history of guidelines! Duh, LOL! In my issue, yes medications were given.

  5. Default
    In the case of medications being used to keep Herpes Zoster at bay, I would query the provider about whether this is actually an active infection. He might be calling it "history" because the medications are preventing it from causing symptoms, but it may still be an active infection. If it is actually an active infection but asymptomatic, I would use 053.9.
    Kim Sullivan, MA, CPC, CEMC, CCS

Similar Threads

  1. probable herpes zoster??
    By miss407 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-01-2013, 10:48 AM
  2. probable herpes zoster---???
    By atwill121 in forum Family Practice
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-05-2012, 05:07 PM
  3. zoster vaccine
    By in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-10-2012, 09:41 AM
  4. V1 Zoster
    By Kimberley in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-03-2011, 11:08 AM
  5. facial zoster
    By A_Warren in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-08-2010, 08:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.