Respiratory Question for the Week of July 27, 2020

Respiratory Compliance Question of the Week


What determines medical necessity for billing pulse oximetry?


Avoid billing for pulse oximetry services that are better defined as routine monitoring of the patient. Medically necessary pulse oximetry must include in the medical record a physician/practitioner’s documented request with parameters for each measurement. The testing would be expected to have medical indications for the management of a patient’s care.

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