Question:

What codes should be reported for testing that diagnoses exercise induced bronchoplasm?

Answer:

Codes 94617 (with ECG) and 94619 (without ECG) should be reported for testing to diagnose exercise-induced bronchospasm. This includes a baseline spirogram, with repeat spirograms obtained following the exercise session in which the patient walks on a treadmill. An alternate method of exercise may be employed such as a stationary bicycle. The data is gathered and a written interpretation is prepared by the physician.

94016 Patient-initiated spirometric recording per 30-day period of time; review and interpretation only by a physician or other qualified health care professional
94014 Patient-initiated spirometric recording per 30-day period of time; includes reinforced education, transmission of spirometric tracing, data capture, analysis of transmitted data, periodic recalibration and review and interpretation by a physician or other qualified health care professional

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