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