infant weight check up

dbut

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What would be the proper ICD-9 code to use for a checkup on an infant's weight progression as the only diagnosis?
 

lmjd

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I am going to guess that the child is underweight-so we code with the documented E&M level and DX: 783.22. Hope this helps-
 

pamtienter

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Most of what we see are for failure to thrive 783.41, feeding difficulties 779.3, or low birth weight (a few different code options). If it is just a weight check, it's not something we bill for.
 
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Infant Weight and Color Check

I asked my boss about this, who as been coding for MANY years and she said that the best code to use would be V20.31
 
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More information regarding the infant's age, reason for the weight check, and the service provided would be necessary to answer this. For a newborn seen by a physician or other qualified health care professional within a few days of hospital discharge, this may be the first of recommended preventive services following the hospital discharge with a focus on the infant's feeding and weight, check for signs of jaundice, review of how the mother's adapting to the new baby, and provision anticipatory guidance. If this is follow-up to a feeding problem that still exists, diagnoses previously mentioned may apply or if follow-up indicates there is no longer a problem, a follow-up exam may be reported with code V67.59. If the newborn was seen because a problem was suspected but ruled out at this encounter, codes from category V29 may be applicable.
 
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