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ICD 10 Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Code the Dx, not the Complication

Question: A patient had a repeat Cesarean section due to pre-eclampsia. What is the correct diagnosis code for abdominal hemorrhage during a repeat C-section? Colorado Subscriber Answer: As this is a repeat C-section, you should report O34.219 (Maternal care for unspecified type scar from previous cesarean delivery). It is not necessary for the anesthesia provider to report the abdominal hemorrhage [...]