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Screening for Hepatitis B


A Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBSAB) test was ordered for an asymptomatic Medicare recipient. Would there be a different code for a screening test for a Hep B surface antigen (HBSAG) test? I’m looking not so much for the code for the test itself (the procedure code) but the ICD-9 code for the reason for presentation to healthcare.


Screening for hepatitis B would be coded V73.89 Screening for viral disease.  You may want to verify with the ordering physician that this was a screening test.  This link explains the difference between the antigen and antibody tests.

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