What code would be assigned when a pulmonary stress test is used to evaluate dyspnea?
The following new code should be reported:
|94618||Pulmonary stress testing (e.g., 6-minute walk test), including measurement of heart rate, oximetry, and oxygen titration, when performed|
This test includes measurement of distance walked, oxyhemoglobin desaturation, and heart rate at various intervals (commonly every 60 seconds for up to 6 minutes), as well as interpretation of test results with written report.
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