Wiki Z3A Gestational Age and Z33.2

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Code: Z33.2
Encounter for elective termination of pregnancy
Excludes 1: early fetal death with retention of dead fetus (O02.1)
late fetal death (O36.4)
spontaneous abortion (O03)

Block Notes
Persons encountering health services in circumstances related to reproduction (Z30-Z3A)

Coding Guidelines
Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00-Z99)
Note: Z codes represent reasons for encounters. A corresponding procedure code must accompany a Z code if a procedure is performed. Categories Z00-Z99 are provided for occasions when circumstances other than a disease, injury or external cause classifiable to categories A00-Y89 are recorded as 'diagnoses' or 'problems'. This can arise in two main ways:
(a) When a person who may or may not be sick encounters the health services for some specific purpose, such as to receive limited care or service for a current condition, to donate an organ or tissue, to receive prophylactic vaccination (immunization), or to discuss a problem which is in itself not a disease or injury.
(b) When some circumstance or problem is present which influences the person's health status but is not in itself a current illness or injury.


East Bethel, MN
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I see in the 2017 guidelines that GA codes are no longer applicable when a D&C or D&E (with dx code Z33.2)are performed. Does anyone have more detailed information about this and if not applicable, why not. We were utilizing these GA codes as a secondary code on these procedures.
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Although I can't find any specific documentation regarding why the change was made, I'm wondering if this is due to the fact no birth happened. :confused: