Carrier: A person or animal that harbors a specific infectious agent without discernible clinical disease and serves as a potential source of infection. The carrier state may exist in an individual with an infection that is inapparent throughout its course (commonly known as healthy or asymptomatic carrier), or during the incubation period, convalescence and postconvalescence of an individual with a clinically recognizable disease (commonly known as an incubatory or convalescent carrier). Under either circumstance the carrier state may be of short or long duration (temporary or transient carrier, or chronic carrier).
The carrier status codes are reserved for use on documentation reading that patient work up has come back as Hep C + or Hep B +, V02.62 and V02.61 respectively. If the doctor documents the patient as having Acute Hep C, you would use your code selection of 070.51 by itself, as there is no need to use the carrier status code.
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