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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Medical and Nursing Specialists, Physicians, and Physician Assistants Handbook : 3. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) : 3.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 3.2.3 Prenatal and Postpartum Services

CNM and physician providers are limited to a combined total of 20 outpatient prenatal care visits and 2 postpartum care visits per pregnancy. Normal pregnancies are anticipated to require around 11 visits per pregnancy and high-risk pregnancies are anticipated to require around 20 visits per pregnancy. If more than 20 visits are medically necessary, the provider can appeal with documentation supporting pregnancy complications. The high-risk client’s medical record documentation should reflect the need for increased visits and is subject to retrospective review.
When billing for prenatal services, use modifier TH with the appropriate evaluation and management procedure code to the highest level of specificity.
Postpartum care provided after discharge must be billed using procedure code 59430.

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