Dec 20, 2017 Increase Revenue for your Clinic or Physician Practice
Many Internists, Allergists, and Pulmonologists perform spirometry in their office clinics. They do a good job of diagnosing or managing their respiratory patients. However, spirometry only gives information about the functioning airways. Patients are then typically referred out to hospital-based pulmonary function labs for complete Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT). Not only does this also “refer out” the complete PFT revenue, it also burdens the patient to make another appointment with another co-pay. Oftentimes this can take 4-6 weeks.
Furthermore, measurement of lung volumes and diffusion capacity provides important additional clinical information beyond what spirometry can provide. Information on hyperinflation, restriction, and gas exchange allow for complete assessment of the respiratory system, management of therapeutic interventions, and tracking of disease progression.
CPT codes for Pulmonary Function Testing (based on 2018 Physician Fee Schedule CMS.org National Reimbursement)
|CPT Code||Description||Average Reimbursement||Spirometry Only (20 patients)||Complete PFT (20 patients)|
|94060||Spirometry (Pre/Post FVC)||$61.92||$61.92||$61.92|
|94726||Lung Volumes, plethysmography||$56.16||$56.16|
If you would like to provide further pulmonary function services for your patients and/or are looking for ways to increase your office practice revenue, a desktop, complete Pulmonary Function Testing device like the MiniBox+ is an ideal solution. It is affordable, portable with a small footprint, and easy to learn and use for both clinicians and patients.