ICD-10 for Obstetrics

Chapter 15 of ICD-10-CM includes new obstetrics codes.  One focus of ICD-10 CM for obstetrics versus ICD-9 is to indicate the trimester of pregnancy. Unlike ICD 9, this chapter is not divided into antepartum, delivery and post partum status.

With 2,155 new obstetrics codes, there are more codes for describing the medical complications in pregnancy, and more reason for start preparing now for Oct 1, 2014 ICD-10 deadline.

What will be important for the obstetrics specialty are capturing the correct components in clinical documentation to support the codes.  NWB has a unique clinical perspective on obstetrics and clinical documentation that can help with this approach.

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Michael Arrigo

Michael is Managing Partner & CEO of No World Borders, a leading healthcare management and IT consulting firm. He serves as an expert witness in Federal and State Court and was recently ruled as an expert by a 9th Circuit Federal Judge. He serves as a patent expert witness on intellectual property disputes, both as a Technical Expert and a Damages expert. He leads a team that provides Cybersecurity best practices for healthcare clients, ICD-10 Consulting, Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records. He advises legal teams as an expert witness in HIPAA Privacy and Security, medical coding and billing and usual and customary cost of care, the Affordable Care Act and benefits enrollment, white collar crime, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, Insurance Fraud, payor-provider disputes, and consults to venture capital and private equity firms on mHealth, Cloud Computing in Healthcare, and Software as a Service. He advises self-insured employers on cost of care and regulations. Arrigo was recently retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding a significant false claims act investigation. He has provided opinions on over $1 billion in health care claims and due diligence on over $8 billion in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Education: UC Irvine - Economics and Computer Science, University of Southern California - Business, studies at Stanford Medical School - Biomedical Informatics, stutdies at Harvard Law School - Bioethics. Trained in over 10 medical specialties in medical billing and coding. Trained by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and PTAB Judges on patent statutes, rules and case law (as a non-attorney to better advise clients on Technical and Damages aspects of patent construction and claims).

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