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    Hi,
    Does anyone know if it's acceptable to code "Seronegative Arthritis" as Rheumatoid Arthritis (714.0) or is better to code it as: 714.89 Other specified inflammatory polyarthropathies?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincegarcia View Post
    Hi,
    Does anyone know if it's acceptable to code "Seronegative Arthritis" as Rheumatoid Arthritis (714.0) or is better to code it as: 714.89 Other specified inflammatory polyarthropathies?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer..
    I would check on this and find out what the doc meant by "seronegative". Seronegative means they are producing a negative reaction to serological tests which is the study of fluid components in the blood esp. antigens and antibodies. Was he/she testing the blood to see if the arthritis was being cause by something else and came up negative?

    I wouldn't think Rheumatoid would be appropriate because it doesn't say Rheumatoid, it just says Arthritis. It might just end up being the code for arthritis 716.9X, but I would query.

    Sorry I can't help more!
    Angie Olson, CPC

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