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Weight Check for Preterm Newborn

Bernadette Posted Thu 04th of September, 2014 10:38:05 AM


The doctor had seen the preterm newborn baby at 1 week of age in the office. The doctor advised that the baby return to the office in three days for just a weight check to make sure the baby is gaining weight. The baby did come in and doctor states that pt has excellent weight gain. What would be the appropriate ICD-9 code to use for weight gain for a preterm newborn?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 05th of September, 2014 11:04:38 AM

Thank you for your question.

Depending on the age of the baby, the best code would be V20.31: Health supervision for newborn under 8 days old

Health check for newborn under 8 days old

Health check for child under 29 days old


V20.32: Health supervision for newborn 8 to 28 days old

Health check for newborn 8 to 28 days old

Newborn weight check

Health check for child under 29 days old

Bernadette Posted Tue 09th of September, 2014 10:53:22 AM

Could V20.32 be reported with a 99213? The patient was also dx with 443.89? We would use the 443.89 as the primary diagnosis and V20.32 as the secondary diagnosis.

SuperCoder Answered Wed 10th of September, 2014 08:41:13 AM

Thank you.

Yes V20.32 may be reported with office visit 99213.
443.89 would be the primary dx as the patient was confirmed to have this during the visit. V20.32 can be a first or secondary diagnosis based on ICD 9 Guidelines.

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