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Administer Oxygen

Annette Posted Wed 09th of May, 2012 18:30:27 PM

I have a 1 month baby that we seen in our office, my provider billed a
E & M. She also had to administer oxygen for 5 minutes. Is there a CPT code for administering oxygen or is it bundled with E & M?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 09th of May, 2012 19:01:04 PM

When a patient requires oxygen, the use of the oxygen is bundled into the day's EM services.

When a doctor prescribes the oxygen, you should use the appropriate office visit code that describes the procedure and services performed by the physicians that necessitates the need for oxygen. Full documentation of the medical billing claim will insure that your bundled oxygen administrations codings get full reimbursement.

Example: A pediatrician performs a detailed history, detailed examination and moderate-complexity medical decision-making before administering oxygen to a patient who is having an anaphylactic reaction to an allergy injection. You should assign 99214 (Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient …), as well as any additional procedures and special services.

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