Question:

What code would be assigned when a pulmonary stress test is used to evaluate dyspnea?

Answer:

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.


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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