Spirometry as a Diagnostic Tool

SpirometryReceiving a diagnosis of chronic lung conditions such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can be frightening. You can help patients avoid emotional anguish by acknowledging their concerns and confirming the diagnosis as early as possible through spirometry testing. Then, they will be more likely to follow your treatment plan, working toward healthier living.

Coding Guidelines:

  • 94010 – Spirometry
  • 94014, 94015, 94016 – Patient-initiated spirometric recording and review/interpretation by physician
  • 94060 – Bronchodilation responsiveness
  • 94070 – Bronchospasm provocation evaluation
  • 94375 – Respiratory flow volume loop
  • 94620 – Pulmonary stress testing

Best-case scenario for members: Your office is equipped to perform spirometry and the member can receive the test with no delay. If the test cannot be performed in your office, refer your patient to a pulmonologist and write instructions to confirm your diagnosis through spirometry testing.

Best practice: Encourage your patient to have the spirometry testing done as soon as possible to confirm a diagnosis of COPD and schedule a follow-up appointment with the patient before they leave your office.

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