Question:

When caring for an infant, what constitutes routine monitoring? And can pulse oximetry be separately billed?

Answer:

Routine monitoring of the infant includes heart rate, respirations, chest expansion, breath sounds, blood pressure and oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry. As a routine monitor, the use of pulse oximetry is not separately billable.


This question was answered in the 2018 edition of our Coding Essentials for RT/Pulmonary Function. For more hot topics relating to respiratory therapy services, please view our store, or call us at 1.800.252.1578 ext. 2.

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