Coding

Effective April 6, 2015, ACOG Fellows and their staff will be able to submit specific OB/GYN coding questions to ACOG Coding Assistance by registering for our New Ticket Database at https://acogcoding.freshdesk.com. Registration is free, quick and easy! Read the announcement for more details.

Correct coding helps ensure that a practice receives payment for vaccines given to patients. ACOG has published an updated coding guide solely focused on immunizations: Immunization Coding for Obstetrician-Gynecologists 2016 published June 2016.

Proper coding means being sure that the code selected is appropriate as follows:

  • The code represents the most accurate description of “what” was performed and “why” it was performed consistent with coding conventions and guidelines.
  • The code is supported by documentation in the medical record
  • The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding guidelines state that the code selected must be the most accurate description of the service provided and be consistent with coding conventions and guidelines. Individuals responsible for coding should carefully review their coding books, including any coding guidelines, notes, instructions, or other explanatory statements. These may be printed under subsections, headings, subheadings, or before and after codes. The physician also should know the bundling and unbundling rules used by CPT, commercial payers, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

ICD-10 Implementation Information

The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), implementation in the United States has been delayed due to congressional action until October 1, 2015. ACOG believes Fellows need to remain prepared for this change, and will continue to provide resources such as workshops, newsletters, and alerts regarding the new timeline. As additional updates and resources regarding this change become available, they will be posted at the link below.

ACOG Immunization Coding Quick Glance Guides

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ICD-10 updates are coming soon

  View ACOG's Frequently Asked Immunization Coding Questions

To learn more about Coding, visit ACOG’s Coding Page.

 

Immunization Business & Clinical Strategies for Ob-Gyn Practices

The webinar, “Immunization Business & Clinical Strategies for Ob-Gyn Practices” was presented by ACOG’s Immunization Program in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Building on the successful implementation of immunizations in pediatric care, the webinar focuses on the application of strategies used successfully for years by pediatricians as a model for immunization programs in ob-gyn practices. The webinar was led by a panel of ACOG and AAP experts in infectious diseases and practice management. The goal of the program is to provide concrete business strategies for creating sustainable immunization programs in ob-gyn practices.

 

 

 

Updated 6/20/16

 

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