A pediatrician specializes in following children who are at risk for development delays. When patients are diagnosed with a development delay or disability, specific diagnosis codes representing those conditions are assigned to the related services provided on that date. However, some patients are screened and found to have no significant development concerns. What would be the appropriate diagnosis codes for reporting screening for developmental delay in a child determined to be at risk of developmental delay due to a low birth weight of 2,400 grams at 36 weeks, 2 days’ gestational age but in whom no developmental abnormality or delay is found?

The main reason for the encounter in this scenario is screening for developmental delay. Additional codes may be assigned to indicate that the patient’s birth weight and prematurity are reasons contributing to the need for developmental screening. Using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM...

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