AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 4 (April)

Maternity Care and Delivery, 59400 (Q&A) (April 1998)

April 1998 page 15c Coding Consultation Maternity Care and Delivery, 59400 (Q&A) Question Is a vaginal laceration repair considered part of delivery code 59400? AMA Comment Small vaginal tears are not considered a complication of delivery. If minor vaginal tearing occurs and the repair is minimal, it would be considered management of uncomplicated labor and delivery and not coded separately. If, however, an extensive laceration occurs, the -22 modifier may be appended to the global vaginal delivery code to identify the additional effort involved in the repair. Maternity Care and Delivery, 59400 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 1998; April...

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