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help! OB delivery or abortion codes?

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    Default help! OB delivery or abortion codes??
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    The patient had IUFD(intrauterine fetal demise) Before 22 weeks. the pt delivers fetus & placenta vaginally with help of cytotex. would i code this a delivery code (59409-59410) OR would it be the abortion codes (59850-59855). i am getting different answers from each doctor. Any documentation/information to support the billing is greatly appreciated.
    thank you for your time

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    Kansas City, MO
    Exactly how many weeks along was she?
    Angela Jordan, CPC, COBGC, AAPC Fellow
    Senior Managing Consultant
    Medical Revenue Solutions, LLC
    AAPC National Advisory Board - Southwest
    AAPCCA BOD Chair 2012-2013

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    at this time i have one at 15 weeks and another one at 19 weeks.
    all the ones i seeem to have problems/questions with are past the 12 weeks.
    thanks for any help it is greatly appreciated.
    Chris, CPC

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    Kansas City, MO
    Here is what I was able to find for you on the OBGyn listserv for Coding 911. I use it a lot because Melanie Wtt and Jan Rasmussen are the moderators and they know their stuff. I hope this answer helps you.

    I see in my delivery log a NSVD for twins, dx is IUFD at 17 weeks. The procedure code that the hospital is billing is 69.52 Aspiration Post partum curettage with a missed abortion dx. Can somebody tell me if you can get into labor when the fetus is already dead? If anybody can shed some light, I will greatly appreciated

    The rule of thumb is: a fetus of less than 20 weeks 0 days gestation is not reported as a delivery unless it is born alive. At 17 weeks with fetal demise they could have surgical removed both fetuses, that is, if they did not do an induction to create labor pains (59821 at 17 weeks); or they could have done an induction with cytotec and then delivered the twins vaginally (59855). If a D&C was required following this the code changes to 59856. If they induced labor using IV Pitocin, then they can only report E/M codes for the entire process, but can bill prolonged services if documented in addition to the admission, subsequent hospital care, and discharge day management.

    Melanie Witt, RN, CPC-OGS, MA
    Last edited by amjordan; 04-11-2008 at 02:53 PM. Reason: spelling
    Angela Jordan, CPC, COBGC, AAPC Fellow
    Senior Managing Consultant
    Medical Revenue Solutions, LLC
    AAPC National Advisory Board - Southwest
    AAPCCA BOD Chair 2012-2013

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