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CPT 94780 and 94781 clarification

Gerri Posted Tue 17th of January, 2012 14:44:28 PM

I just attended a webinar through the AAPC in which the speaker stated that these two codes were to be used in an office setting only. I did not get that from reading the descriptions. Can you clarify?

Thanks!

SuperCoder Answered Wed 18th of January, 2012 05:37:27 AM

Based on the below lay descriptions, I have doubts if this can only be performed in Office Setting. I don't find any supportive documentation to confirm what you've heard in the Webinar.
Lay Description for 94780:
A hospital professional trained in car seat/bed safety and positioning, as well as monitoring for apnea, bradycardia, and oxygen saturations, observes a newborn patient to ensure that the neonate does not have a cardiac or respiratory event. This type of event occurs most often in preterm or low birth weight infants, infants born with hypotonia (e.g., Down syndrome), or infants who undergo congenital cardiac surgery. The newborn is placed in the car seat/bed at a 45 degree angle with the harness clip at chest level. The infant is attached to a monitor that assesses heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation. Obstructive apnea monitoring may be performed as well. The infant is standardly observed for 60 to 120 minutes or the amount of time the baby will be in transport home, whichever is longer.....

Gerri Posted Wed 18th of January, 2012 14:48:03 PM

Thanks, I agree with you 100%!

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