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CPT Code 94060 | Bronchodilation Responsiveness With Spirometry

CPT code 94060 is a procedure in which spirometry is used to measure the responsiveness of the respiratory system to bronchodilator drugs by recording airflow before and after inhaling the drug.

What Is CPT Code 94060?

CPT code 94060 is a procedure in which spirometry is used to measure the responsiveness of the respiratory system to bronchodilator drugs, such as Albuterol or Combivent.

The procedure involves attaching a mouthpiece with a sensor and graph plotter to a spirometer and having the patient take a deep breath, exhale forcefully into the mouthpiece for as long as possible, and then quickly inhale.

A nose clip may ensure that all air is exhaled through the mouth. The spirometer records the airflow and uses a microprocessor to calculate and plot the results.

The procedure is performed before and after the patient inhales a bronchodilator, and the difference between the results is used to evaluate the drug’s effectiveness.

Description

The CPT book describes CPT code 94060 as: “Bronchodilation responsiveness, spirometry as in 94010, pre- and post-bronchodilator administration.”

Procedure

A mouthpiece is attached to a sensor and graph plotter in a spirometer. Usually, the patient is asked to take the deepest breath he can, exhale into the mouthpiece as hard as possible (forced exhalation), and for as long as possible.

While assessing possible upper airway obstruction, the patient is asked to do a rapid inhalation (inspiration) just after the forced exhalation.

Sometimes, a few variations in the process can be seen when the test is preceded by a period of quiet breathing in and out from the sensor (tidal volume), or the rapid breath in (forced inspiration part) will take place before the forced exhalation.

Soft nose clips ensure that no air is escaping through the nose and that the full air enters the mouthpiece only through the mouth.

The spirometer records air’s in– and outflow and uses a microprocessor to calculate and plot the airflow. Spirometry is also used to assess lung function over some time and many times to determine the efficiency of bronchodilator drugs, such as Albuterol or Combivent, that are available in aerosol form.

Spirometry is performed before and after inhaling the bronchodilator to record the difference between the two results. This helps to evaluate the bronchodilator’s efficacy based on the respiratory system’s responsiveness to the drug.

How To Use CPT 94060

Sometimes, a few variations in the process can be seen when the test is preceded by a period of quiet breathing in and out from the sensor (tidal volume), or the rapid breathing in (forced inspiration part) will occur before the forced exhalation.

Soft nose clips ensure that no air is escaping through the nose and that the full air enters the mouthpiece only through the mouth.

The spirometer records air’s in– and outflow and uses a microprocessor to calculate and plot the airflow.

Spirometry is also used to assess lung function over a while and many times to determine the efficiency of bronchodilator drugs, such as Albuterol or Combivent, that are available in aerosol form.

Spirometry is performed before and after inhaling the bronchodilator to record the difference between the two results. This helps to evaluate the bronchodilator’s efficacy based on the respiratory system’s responsiveness to the drug.

Do not report CPT 94060 with CPT 94150, CPT 94200, CPT 94375, CPT 94640, or CPT 94728.

You may bill the bronchodilator supply separately with CPT 99070 or another appropriate supply code.

Report CPT 94617 or CPT 94619 for exercise tests for bronchospasm, including pre- and post-spirometry.

Resources

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