Coding, Classification and Reimbursement

Leprosy vs Sequela

  • 1.  Leprosy vs Sequela

    Posted 16 days ago
    How would you code for a patient who is actively receiving treatment for Leprosy but comes in with a Type 2 Lepra Reaction? My Providers are coding it as B92- Sequelae of leprosy. However when I look under that code it says to "code chronic current infections to active infectious disease as appropriate." So would you not code the Leprosy A30.9?

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    Heather Joy, RHIT
    Coder
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  • 2.  RE: Leprosy vs Sequela

    Posted 15 days ago
    I haven't coded Leprosy in a very long time, but based on web searches to better understand a Lepra Reaction, this occurs during treatment, as it seems to be a immune or hypersensitivity reaction.  I would code the Leprosy.
    Not sure I would code Lepra Reaction as a sequela as for coding, this implies the patient no longer has the Leprosy infection.  Perhaps code the Lepra Reaction to T78.4- category.  You may want to query your physician to find out if the treatment is prophylactic or for the ongoing infection, as Leprosy takes a long time to treat, unless the record indicates otherwise.

    Janice

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    [Janice] [Noller, RHIA, CDIP, CCS]
    [Inpatient Coding Educator][University of Utah Health Care][Salt Lake City][Utah]
    [Janice.noller@hsc.utah.edu]
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