Ob-Gyn Coding Alert

Reader Questions:

Do You Know How to Report Postpartum Care Only?

Question: Our ob-gyn provided antepartum care for a patient who delivered while out of town. Now the physician is seeing the patient for the postpartum visit. I billed antepartum once she delivered with another physician. What postpartum code should I use?

Minnesota Subscriber

Answer: You should code the postpartum care with 59430 (Postpartum care only [separate procedure]). This represents the six-week checkup after a delivery and is part of the CPT® instruction when you split care out from global coding (such as 59400, Routine obstetric care including antepartum care, vaginal delivery [with or without episiotomy, and/or forceps] and postpartum care).

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