Ob-Gyn Coding Alert

Coding Quiz: Take This Split Antepartum Care Test to Avoid Cutting Visit Pay


- Published on Mon, Feb 09, 2009

When your ob-gyn provides only 1-3 visits, here's what you need to bill.

Don't shortchange your practice when it comes to coding split antepartum visits. Depending on the number of visits your ob-gyn provides, you will report either an E/M visit or one unit of an antepartum visit code.

Take this four-question true/false challenge to see how you fare.

Question 1: Determine Antepartum Care Definition

True/False: CPT states that antepartum care includes monthly visits up to 28 weeks gestation, biweekly visits up to 36 weeks gestation, and weekly visits until delivery.

Solution: True, says Pat Larabee, CPC, CCP-P, coding specialist for Intermed in South Portland, Maine. Ob services include obtaining the patient's history, performing a physical exam, recording vital statistics, and doing other examinations necessary to provide safe and appropriate care for the mother and fetus.

Question 2: Does Splitting Visits Mean No Global?

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