In Coding
Jun 7th, 2018
When coding maternity care, you typically will report a “routine, uncomplicated” service, using a single, “global” obstetric care code, based on the type of delivery: 59400 Routine obstetric care including antepartum care, vaginal delivery (with or without episiotomy, and/or forceps) and postpartum care 59510 Routine obstetric care including antepartum care, cesarean delivery, and post...
When coding, consider all documented factors such as current and pre-existing conditions, trimester, and age. To capture pregnancy diagnosis codes correctly, documentation must specify the type and trimester of the pregnancy, as well as all related, present co-conditions in the mother. It’s not appropriate to use Z34.00 Encounter for supervision of normal first pregnancy, unspecified ...
Know what factors into determining the 7th character. By Emoy Goodridge, MEd, BS, CBCS, CEHRS, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow Trimester, gestations, and fetal complication identification can be a real pain in ICD-10-CM. A quick search provides various breakdowns of maternity trimesters, reflecting 12, 13, as well as 14 weeks. According to the ...
In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
Despite ICD-9-CM codes being frozen and very few changes to the specialty for CPT® in 2014, diagnosis coding for OB/GYN services still causes some confusion. AAPC’s Education Manager, Glade B. Curtis, MD, MPH, FACOG, CPC, CPPM, CPC-I, COBGC, was recently interviewed for a HCPro article on this subject. According to Dr. Curtis, there are two ...