tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 7

Newborn Care Services: Cut Down on Errors by Separating Newborn From Sick Codes

Use just one diagnosis code with a normal newborn CPT®. Birth through 28 days is the definition of “newborn” according to CPT® and ICD-9. But that isn’t the only definition you need to learn to select the right E/M code for your physician’s newborn encounters. You’ll also need to differentiate “normal” and “sick” to be able to find the code you need.  Take note of the differences between the normal and sick newborn codes (99460-99465, Initial hospital or birthing center care, …) to improve your newborn coding skills. Think of Normal...

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