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  1. #11
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    New to prenatal care coding.....so would a primary care physicain also use the 59425 and 59426 if they do the prenatal visits do you have to specialize in OBGYN for these codes? When do you use catergory II codes?


  2. #12
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    Apr 2007
    Engelwood, CO


    No, you do not have to specialize in OB to use the antepartum codes. You use those codes for routine prenatal care no matter what. And because your choice of code is dependent on # of visits provided throughout the pregnancy, you have to wait to choose your code until patient's care for this particular pregnancy is over & done in your practice.

    I've done private practice OBGYN billing for way too many years to count. I've never used a category II code. You said it correctly in your other post...category II codes are "supplemental tracking codes that can be used for performance measurement." Honestly, I never even looked at these codes until I started teaching a medical coding class.

    Becky, CPC

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