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Ob-Gyn Coding Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

If your ob-gyn practice is battling reimbursement pressure and margin loss, Ob-Gyn Coding Alert will enable you to turn the tide.

Revive Your Cashflow with Expert Ob-Gyn Coding Guidance

Defeat your reporting shortfalls and keep your claims on track for prompt and optimal pay. In addition to walking you through CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code and guideline changes, our ob-gyn coding team homes in on CERT-identified errors and issues under federal scrutiny, providing you with insider tips and step-by-step guidance to avoid these risks.

From complex annual visits and visits outside of the global ob package to lysis of adhesions during another procedure, Ob-Gyn Coding Alert has you covered.

Every issue of this monthly resource delivers coding tutorials and troubleshooting strategies as our experts cover the spectrum of ob-gyn coding challenges, breaking down even the most obstinate problems into simple, easy-to-apply concepts. 

5 More Reasons to Subscribe to Ob-Gyn Coding Alert

  • Master Updates: Ensure your reporting reflects quarterly NCCI edits, regulatory updates, and revisions to code and guidelines, modifiers, and payer policies.
  • Profit with Practical Examples: Learn how to report even the trickiest coding scenarios as our experts dissect real-world cases and answers questions from ob-gyn coders like you.
  • ICD-10 Education: Specialty-specific ICD-10 guidance fast-tracks your ob-gyn diagnosis coding, helping you to establish medical necessity and code to the highest level of specificity.
  • Timesaver: Find the information you need, when you need it, in our ob-gyn coding archive packed with thousands of coding and compliance articles dating back to 1998.
  • Annual CEUs: Earn 6 CEUs toward your CPC or COBGC with your subscription to Ob-Gyn Coding Alert.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

AAPC coding newsletters will help new coders get up to speed on the job. The articles cover several in-specialty topics each month and delve into the specifics of coding procedures and services. A new coder could get information on a coding scenario in a newsletter before they encounter it in the workplace, which is a huge asset.

Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.


eNewsletter Title


Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert


Cardiology Coding Alert


E/M Coding Alert


ED Coding Alert


Gastroenterology Coding Alert


General Surgery Coding Alert


ICD-10 Coding Alert


Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert


Neurosurgery Coding Alert


Ob-gyn Coding Alert


Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert


Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert


Orthopedic Coding Alert


Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Path/Lab Coding Alert


Pediatric Coding Alert


Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert


Primary Care Coding Alert


Pulmonology Coding Alert


Radiology Coding Alert


Urology Coding Alert



Health Information Compliance Alert


Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement


Part B Insider


Practice Management Alert



Home Care Week


Hospice Insider


MDS Alert


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Make sure your claim sails through the reimbursement process with ICD-10 codes. Most coders know you know you can report additional visits for complications outside the normal global ob package, but did you know that complications can occur both prior to the delivery and afterward? The truth is that your ob-gyn can receive ethical reimbursement for this work, but you [...]

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Report 56620 only when a disease process prompts the procedure. No specific code for a labiaplasty doesn’t mean you can’t get paid for the procedure. But which labiaplasty code you choose may depend on the disease process. Subscriber feedback: “My office has subscribed to the Ob-Gyn Coding Alert for many years and we find it a valuable resource. We would [...]

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Hint: Slow down and be clear If you’ve ever wanted to be a better communicator in your practice, you are in luck. Recently at AAPC’s virtual ELEVATE Leadership Conference, during the session “A Practical Guide to Client Communications,” speaker Jaci Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CDEO, CEMC, CRC, COC, CPCI, gave practical advice for how to hone your communication skills. For example, [...]

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Question: Can a provider bill a separate evaluation and management (E/M) service for confirmation of pregnancy, or is it considered to be initial OB? Patient saw her primary care physician (PCP) via telemedicine prior who diagnosed amenorrhea with positive home pregnancy test and referred to follow up with OB to continue with prenatal vitamins. In this situation, the PCP didn’t order [...]

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Question: I was wondering if someone could help. We have a newly pregnant patient who works in a vet office around cats and litter boxes. The doctor is ordering Toxoplasma IGG and IGM. We are okay with the test codes, but what diagnosis code would we use in this case? Tennessee Subscriber Answer: You are doing screening, but you might also be [...]

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Question: For a patient who had a fetal demise at 20 5/7 weeks due to fetal abnormalities and oligohydramnios, the ob-gyn used Cytotec for induction. The still born fetus was delivered, and the patient was brought to the operating room (OR) for retained placenta. Would you bill the 59410 (Vaginal delivery with postpartum care) and the 59414 (removal of placenta)? Montana [...]

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