AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2005 Issue 1

Coverage for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a mode of therapy where the entire body is exposed to oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. This therapy is a means of providing additional oxygen into the bloodstream and all body fluids (i.e. lymph and cerebrospinal fluids) are infused with the healing benefits of increased oxygen. In addition, the oxygen reaches bone and tissue inaccessible to red blood cells, enhances white blood cell function, and promotes the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. Although medical treatment by HBO has been proven effective for a number of medical and surgical conditions, either...

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