Respiratory Question for the Week of June 15, 2020

Respiratory Compliance Question of the Week


In a follow up to last week’s question, then when is continuous overnight oximetry considered to be medically necessary?


For a limited group of private payers, continuous overnight oximetry is considered medically necessary when done for one of the following circumstances:

  • The patient has a condition for which intermittent arterial blood gas sampling is likely to miss important variations (e.g., sleep apnea).
  • The patient has a chronic condition resulting in hypoxemia, and there is a need to assess supplemental oxygen requirements and/or a therapeutic regimen.

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