Although, the transition to ICD-10-CM has been delayed till October 1, 2015, use the time wisely to understand the obstetric guidelines that accompany the new coding system to ensure that accurate and specific diagnostic information about the pregnancy and patient is communicated to the payer. These guidelines address issues included in ICD-9-CM, but go beyond to address additional coding issues that were needed to capture many more pregnancy complications. Using the guidelines as a basis for coding ensures that clinicians will be able to describe the patient’s exact condition in more detail, which in turn may lead to a better understanding by payers of the complexities of complicated obstetric care. These guidelines address every aspect of obstetric coding including providing standard definitions with regards to timing of the pregnancy and how and when to apply the 7th digit to identify the fetus affected by a particular condition.
Join this 90-minute session by Melanie Witt, RN, CPC, COBGC, MA, to concentrate on the guidelines that will impact how you report obstetric conditions. Remember that these guidelines are required under HIPAA legislation to be used by all payers and providers of care – this session will make you the expert and help you to avoid problems with payers who might not be applying them correctly.
This session will include a side-by-side reference of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM guidelines to help you quickly identify how you need to change your current way of thinking.
Who should attend: This session is appropriate for individuals in maternal fetal medicine, family practice and Ob/Gyn clinicians, coders, practice managers and billers.
Melanie Witt, RN, MA is an independent coding education consultant and a well-known speaker and recognized expert in the area of coding and reimbursement for ob-gyn services. She is the former program manager of the Department of Coding and Nomenclature at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Witt is also the consulting editor for Ob-Gyn Coding Alert.