AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 3 (March)

Home Apnea Monitoring (March 2008)

March 2008 pages 4-5 Coding Communication:Home Apnea Monitoring Apnea is a major contributor to sudden and unwitnessed death (sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS) in neonates in the first month of life and through early infancy. In certain high-risk populations (eg, premature infants; infants with anomalies of the face, jaw, and airway; neurologically impaired infants; infants exposed to maternal narcotics; and infants with chronic lung disease), early identification of apnea and timely intervention may be life saving. Once significant episodes of apnea are identified, hospital observation and an investigation of serious underlying pathology is commonly followed by in-home monitoring...

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