Yes. The ICD-10-CM guidelines instruct that for conditions originating in the neonatal period and continuing throughout the life of the patient, the perinatal code should continue to be used regardless of the patient’s age. The American Hospital Association Coding Clinic confirmed this again when addressing feeding problems that continue after the neonatal period in issue 2017, Volume 4, No. 1.

Report 1 unit unless the payer specifies otherwise. Most payers align with Medicare and Medicaid National Correct Coding Initiative instructions on the use of modifier 50. Reporting of procedures with modifier 50 and 1 unit of service will typically result in payment of 150% of the fee-schedule amount for the service. It is important to know each payer’s instructions for use of modifier 50. Payers that align with Medicare instructions may reject or deny claim lines that include 2 units of service for a bilateral procedure because the...

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