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Vaginal Delivery converted to C-Section

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    Default Vaginal Delivery converted to C-Section
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    Has anyone heard that the physician can bill the vaginal delivery with a -53 modifier and also the C-Section? If so can you tell me where to find the documentation to support this type of billing?

    Tami Hustace, CPC:

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    Can't code for both. Code the successful procedure only which is the c-section.

    There are codes for attempted vaginal resulting in CS w/ previous CS if that applies to your patient

    CPT code 59618 for C-section delivery, following attempted vaginal delivery after previous C-section.

    I don't have my book in front of me but isn't there a DX code to show failed vaginal delivery
    Last edited by sbicknell; 05-26-2010 at 05:39 PM.

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