ICD-10-CM Code O44

Placenta previa

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

O44 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of placenta previa. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:O44
Short Description:Placenta previa
Long Description:Placenta previa

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • O44.0 - Complete placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage
  • O44.00 - Complete placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.01 - Complete placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.02 - Complete placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.03 - Complete placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, third trimester
  • O44.1 - Complete placenta previa with hemorrhage
  • O44.10 - Complete placenta previa with hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.11 - Complete placenta previa with hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.12 - Complete placenta previa with hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.13 - Complete placenta previa with hemorrhage, third trimester
  • O44.2 - Partial placenta previa without hemorrhage
  • O44.20 - Partial placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.21 - Partial placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.22 - Partial placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.23 - Partial placenta previa NOS or without hemorrhage, third trimester
  • O44.3 - Partial placenta previa with hemorrhage
  • O44.30 - Partial placenta previa with hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.31 - Partial placenta previa with hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.32 - Partial placenta previa with hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.33 - Partial placenta previa with hemorrhage, third trimester
  • O44.4 - Low lying placenta NOS or without hemorrhage
  • O44.40 - Low lying placenta NOS or without hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.41 - Low lying placenta NOS or without hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.42 - Low lying placenta NOS or without hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.43 - Low lying placenta NOS or without hemorrhage, third trimester
  • O44.5 - Low lying placenta with hemorrhage
  • O44.50 - Low lying placenta with hemorrhage, unspecified trimester
  • O44.51 - Low lying placenta with hemorrhage, first trimester
  • O44.52 - Low lying placenta with hemorrhage, second trimester
  • O44.53 - Low lying placenta with hemorrhage, third trimester

Clinical Information

  • PLACENTA PREVIA-. abnormal placentation in which the placenta implants in the lower segment of the uterus the zone of dilation and may cover part or all of the opening of the cervix. it is often associated with serious antepartum bleeding and premature labor.

Code Classification

  • Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00–O99)
    • Maternal care related to the fetus and amniotic cavity and possible delivery problems (O30-O48)
      • Placenta previa (O44)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Childbirth Problems

While childbirth usually goes well, complications can happen. They can cause a risk to the mother, baby, or both. Possible complications include

  • Preterm (premature) labor, when labor starts before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Problems with the position of the baby, such as breech, in which the baby is going to come out feet first
  • Birth injuries

For some of these problems, the baby may need to be delivered surgically by a Cesarean section.


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Health Problems in Pregnancy

Every pregnancy has some risk of problems. You may have problems because of a health condition you had before you got pregnant. You could also develop a condition during pregnancy. Other causes of problems during pregnancy can include being pregnant with more than one baby, a health problem in a previous pregnancy, substance abuse during pregnancy, or being over age 35. Any of these can affect your health, the health of your baby, or both.

If you have a chronic condition, you should talk to your health care provider about how to minimize your risk before you get pregnant. Once you are pregnant, you may need a health care team to monitor your pregnancy. Some common conditions that can complicate a pregnancy include

  • High blood pressure
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Kidney problems
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Obesity
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Infections

Other conditions that can make pregnancy risky can happen while you are pregnant - for example, gestational diabetes and Rh incompatibility. Good prenatal care can help detect and treat them.

Some discomforts, like nausea, back pain, and fatigue, are common during pregnancy. Sometimes it is hard to know what is normal. Call your health care provider if something is bothering or worrying you.


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