Question:

How is nitric oxide charged, and what are the requirements for charging?

Answer:

From a billing and reporting view, the cost of nitrous oxide is charged as a non-sterile supply (0271). For the charge to be defensible, it must be billed in “measurable” units that are supported in the documentation, such as per liter, per hour, per quarter-hour, per minute along with a written order that includes medical indications for administration. Do not bill for nitrous therapy using CPT code 94799 or any other CPT code. Report as a supply with revenue code 0271.

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