The guidelines and rules are similar for patients receiving newborn care and care as a neonate regardless of whether the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) or the 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) is in effect.

While the guidelines and rules are similar in ICD-9 and ICD-10, coding for newborns and neonates has many nuances. Clinicians should become familiar with the chapter-specific guidelines in ICD-10 and understand sequencing and other rules.

This article will address the guidelines for ICD-10-CM. Coding for newborns and neonates has many nuances. Become familiar with the chapter-specific coding guidelines and understand sequencing and other important guidelines.

For coding and reporting purposes, the perinatal period is defined as before birth through the 28th day following birth. The day of birth is considered day of life 0. Following are some guidelines of particular importance when coding for newborns or neonates.

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