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    Are you allowed to bill the first visit with the MD to establish the Prenatal record? I am very rusty from not coding OB. Thanks in advance
    Karen Barron, CPC
    Hampton New Hampshire Chapter

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    We code our 1st visit as "confirmation" of pregnancy. The patient presents with a missed period ( E&M, 626.8), is given an "GYN" ultra sound to confirm the pregnancy (76856, 626.8, V72.42) as long as you DO NOT start the prenatal record until the following visit. ACOG has a great article on this written about 2 years ago. If you want me to fax you a copy, email me at andersonj@wcpdx.com. Jamie (I may not check back soon enough on this forum)

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    I'm currently reviewing our EM coding from our OB/GYN and it seems that they are billing either EM level 4 & 5 for "confirmation " of pregancy and the documentation dosen't support it? Are your OB doc's billing high levels for these type of visits?

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    Caroline, you write ... they are billing either EM level 4 & 5 for "confirmation " of pregancy and the documentation dosen't support it

    The cardinal rule of billing is: Doctor should document what s/he does. Coder should code what is documented.

    If documentation doesn't support the levels that are being marked by the physicians then I suggest an internal audit and education. And, yes, give back the money that was received for services that were coded higher than documented.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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    Tessa,

    Thanks for your response. I noticed your EM certified as well, so I have another question relating to the same scenario.

    The patient is fine w/ no other findings only pregnancy confirm, thats what was documented:
    A. New problem w/additional w/u
    B. Low (acute uncomplicated illness)
    C. 2 point (labs & ultrasound)

    Would you agree that it's a low risk? I'm meeting with all the OB doc's tomorrow since this seems to be a pattern with billing confirm pregnancies.
    Thanks,
    Caroline

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    Based solely on the information you provided ...
    ... what was documented:
    A. New problem w/additional w/u
    B. Low (acute uncomplicated illness)
    C. 2 point (labs & ultrasound)


    I'd agree that this MDM is LOW complexity. So, depending on the rest of the documentation (history and exam) the most you could get would be 99203 if it's a new patient, or 99213 if it's an established patient and MDM is one of the two components on which you base the level of service.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Thank you again!

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