|November 2010 · Vol. 22, No. 11
Alert! The 2011 ICD-9 code set
is already in force
Among the changes that have arrived are codes to improve the specificity of what you provide to payers—including characterizations of multiple gestations and distinctions in uterine, vaginal, and cervical anomalies
RN, CPC, COBGC, MA
Ms. Witt is an independent coding and documentation consultant and former program manager, department of coding and nomenclature, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A higher level of specificity in coding can make all the difference in receiving adequate reimbursement and preventing denials
Code V45.51 is intended to reflect the IUD status of a patient, not to serve as a diagnosis code when the purpose of the visit is to check on the device and assess how it is working
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
This year, ObGyn-related additions and revisions to the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), involve tinkering with existing codes and adding some new code categories. The latter development means that more information will be required of you to code to the highest level of specificity.