A pediatrician attends the cesarean delivery of a postterm neonate (41 weeks) at the request of the delivering physician. The pediatrician documents meconium staining of the amniotic fluid with no aspiration or respiratory abnormality and provides initial newborn care, noting the neonate will be monitored closely for any signs of respiratory complications over the next few hours.

What are the appropriate International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for this encounter? What if the services were reported after transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)?

The pediatrician diagnosed meconium staining for this neonate. The neonate is also noted as postterm and delivered by cesarean. The appropriate ICD-9-CM codes include V30.01, single live-born, born in hospital, delivered by cesarean delivery; 779.84, meconium staining; and 766.21, postterm infant. Note that code V30.01 is listed first because ICD-9-CM guidelines instruct that the...

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