O70 - Perineal laceration during delivery

Version 2023
Short Description:Perineal laceration during delivery
Long Description:Perineal laceration during delivery
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00–O99)
    • Complications of labor and delivery (O60-O77)
      • Perineal laceration during delivery (O70)

O70 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of perineal laceration during delivery. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Perineal laceration during delivery

Non-specific codes like O70 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for perineal laceration during delivery:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.0 for First degree perineal laceration during delivery
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.1 for Second degree perineal laceration during delivery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - O70.2 for Third degree perineal laceration during delivery
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.20 for Third degree perineal laceration during delivery, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.21 for Third degree perineal laceration during delivery, IIIa
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.22 for Third degree perineal laceration during delivery, IIIb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.23 for Third degree perineal laceration during delivery, IIIc
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.3 for Fourth degree perineal laceration during delivery
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.4 for Anal sphincter tear complicating delivery, not associated with third degree laceration
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use O70.9 for Perineal laceration during delivery, unspecified

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