ICD-10-CM Code O62

Abnormalities of forces of labor

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

O62 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abnormalities of forces of labor. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:O62
Short Description:Abnormalities of forces of labor
Long Description:Abnormalities of forces of labor

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

  • O62.0 - Primary inadequate contractions
  • O62.1 - Secondary uterine inertia
  • O62.2 - Other uterine inertia
  • O62.3 - Precipitate labor
  • O62.4 - Hypertonic, incoordinate, and prolonged uterine contractions
  • O62.8 - Other abnormalities of forces of labor
  • O62.9 - Abnormality of forces of labor, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00–O99)
    • Complications of labor and delivery (O60-O77)
      • Abnormalities of forces of labor (O62)

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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