What International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) code would be reported when a sexually active patient is referred to a gynecologist for birth control?

The ICD-9-CM code will depend on the reason for the encounter. If the patient is seen for a preventive medicine visit, code V20.2 (infant, child health check) would be reported. If the reason for the encounter is due to a condition or problem that is addressed, the appropriate code (eg, vaginitis, urinary tract infection) is reported as the primary diagnosis. Code V69.2 (high-risk sexual behavior) may be reported as a secondary diagnosis. If the patient is seen for preventive medicine counseling, counseling codes may be appropriate (eg, V65.45 for counseling on other sexually transmitted infections, V65.44 for HIV counseling, V65.9 for unspecified reason for consultation). Code V69.2 may be reported as primary or secondary to the counseling codes. Practice Management Online has an...

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