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Fetal calcifications in abdomen - need dx

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    Columbia, MO
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyaMichelle View Post
    There is something that just don't seem right to me and I am very persistent until I fully understand.
    In the Guidelines for Chapter 15 it states that the perinatal period is defined as "before birth through the 28th day following birth". To me, before birth could be anywhere from conception to presentation.
    Also, when I look at the perinatal code descriptions, for example code 760, 761, 762 and 763 addresses fetus conditions as well as newborn. So if the perinatal codes are not used until the baby is actually born, why would that section address fetus conditions.
    Yes but the codes are for conditions that arise or develope at any time during this period and are present in a new born. This is not the same as diagnosing a current condition in a fetus in-utero, to code that you must code the mom, as the fetus is still physically an integral part of her biology. Once the baby leaves the birth canal and is untethered from the mom then it is an independent being. I hopebi have explained that foryou. I am sorry mymailbox was full when you sent me a pm i will clean it out tonite so if you still need to send me a pm it should work tomorrow
    Last edited by mitchellde; 11-22-2011 at 06:57 PM.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    I read the guidelines a number of times and finally get it!! That's why I love these forums...


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