Is there a limit on postpartum visits?

Kirstyn20

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I have a pt who we were doing full ob care for. She ended up with an emergency c section out of state. She came to us shortly after returning home and we checked her incision and did a quick exam. She was told to come back in 5 weeks for her normal 6 week check up. How do I bill the two visits? Since the first visit was technically not her normal postpartum visit, how should that one be billed? Thanks!
 
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I've had the same situation in the past. I've billed out an office visit for the initial check after delivery and then I bill out the postpartum care. Depending on the payer's policy and how the delivering dr billed their charges would determine the route in which you can code/bill. And as far as I know there is not limit on the # of postpartum visits per cpt guidelines, but I do not believe that insurance companies will pay for more than just one of the 59430. Hope that helped.
 

aharapat913

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We also bill the 59430 if we did not deliver the baby, but we do not add an office visit. I also do not think there is a limit on the # of postpartum visits, as long as the visits are related to her pregnancy. We have a dummy code of PP (postpartum) with a zero charge.
 

Kirstyn20

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Thanks ladies! I was thinking of an e/m for the initial incision check visit and the 59430 for the actual postpartum visit.
 

gena379

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incision check is part of postpartum. if you are going to bill 59430 that implies that you did all of her post partum care- including the incision check. You should not bill the e/m.
 
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