AMA CPT® Assistant - 1993 Issue 3 (March)

Coding for the Treatment of "Abortions" (Fall 1993)

Fall 1993 pages 9-10 Coding Clarification Coding for the Treatment of "Abortions" The definition of "abortion" is the premature expulsion from the uterus of the products of conception, the embryo or a non-viable fetus. However, for the lay person, the coding or labeling of the medical record or report as "spontaneous abortion" may be somewhat problematic. The CPT codes properly use the medical term abortion. On the basis of the cause, abortions may be categorized as either spontaneous, the natural (with no active interference) termination of pregnancy prior to the 20th week of gestation, or induced, in which a...

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