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Using the dx of UTI

  1. Question Using the dx of UTI
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    I just wanted to ask this question to all of you that read the forums. I have a provider that has told me that you can not "legally" use the dx UTI with out having a postive urine culture. Have any one of you heard of this and if you have can you tell me where I can find documentation to show my providers.


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    I have never heard of that before. We use UTI dx if the urine dipstick is positive.

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    Thanks for the response I am agreeing with you, but I will wait and see if anyone else might have something different and if they do maybe we might learn something new. But once again thanks.

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    I believe your provider is concerned regarding the manifestation code for UTI. In case you had coded for the causal organism from the report, then they are right. You would need a lab report in order to be 100% sure that the organism existed in the cultured urine. However, if 599.0 is all what you coded, then I think you are safe enough.
    You might want to provide a feedback to me in case you find this response not quite adequate or appropriate.
    Best Regards,
    Sumit Gandhi, CPC
    Senior Manager
    Partnered with a Reputed Healthcare Firm

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