AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Late Preterm Infant

An infant was born at 37 weeks and five days gestation via low transverse cesarean section. The provider’s diagnostic statement listed, “Late preterm infant.” The ICD-10-CM does not provide a code for preterm infants with a gestational age greater than 36 completed weeks.  However, the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting state, “Providers utilize different criteria in determining prematurity. A code for prematurity should not be assigned unless it is documented.” What code is assigned for a late preterm infant, who is beyond 36 weeks gestation? ...

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