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99479 Newborn

Marlene Posted Sun 10th of March, 2013 19:58:39 PM

Just questioning as I am new to newborn codes. Can you use 99479 for a newborn that has a weight of 2948 grams and is on day 31/34 weeks EGA of the hospital stay? I can't tell if that code is for only 28 weeks or less. We are providing parenteral feeding treatment. Thanks!

Marlene Posted Tue 12th of March, 2013 14:16:03 PM

Any thoughts on this question? I would appreciate the feedback...Thxs

SuperCoder Answered Tue 12th of March, 2013 16:47:03 PM

Hi,

This is with our editor. We are trying to give the best possible answer for this.

Thanks.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 12th of March, 2013 18:22:52 PM

Hi there! Code 99479 is not applicable for weights above 2500 grams. This code only applies to weights between 1500 and 2500 grams. In addition, you should use 99479 and the codes in this series for patients 28 days of age or less.

Torrey Kim, CPC
Editor, Pediatric Coding Alert

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