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Reimbursement for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Reimbursement for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

With the recent changes to the American Heart Association’s blood pressure classifications, many more Americans are now considered hypertensive.  One of the main purposes of this change was to raise awareness and ensure that patients begin seeking treatment sooner.  

This may have led to a rise in your practice of patients seeking advice about hypertension, and they may even be more familiar with terms like White Coat Hypertension than ever before.  

As you consider prescribing Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) for some of your patients, you may need to know about reimbursements.  This quick guide is designed to help you know what to expect and provide some of the most common billing codes, including CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10. 

US REIMBURSEMENT RATES

Reimbursement for ABPM

In 2018, CMS announced that they are considering expanding reimbursement coverage for ABPM. 

ABPM is only covered for those patients with suspected white coat hypertension. Suspected white coat hypertension is defined as the following:

  1. Office blood pressure >140/90 mm Hg on at least three separate clinic/office visits with two separate measurements made at each visit;
  2. At least two documented blood pressure measurements taken outside the office which are <140/90 mm Hg; and
  3. No evidence of end-organ damage.

Medicare

If you have a Medicare patient, ABPM must be performed for at least 24 hours to meet coverage criteria.  The fee is determined by region of the United States.

2019 non-facility national average prices according to CMS.gov:

  Description Fee Schedule*
93784 Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system such as magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report $54.42
93786 Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system such as magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; recording only $29.91
93788 Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system such as magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; scanning analysis with report $5.41
93790 Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system such as magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; review with interpretation and report $19.10

DIAGNOSIS CODES

ICD-10 Codes for ABPM

The above procedure codes should be used in conjunction with appropriate diagnosis codes, such as the below:

Diagnosis ICD-10-CM 
Essential (primary) hypertension I10
Hypertensive heart disease without heart failure I11.9
Other Forms of Angina Pectoris I20.8
Orthostatic Hypotension I95.1
Elevated blood pressure reading, without diagnosis of hypertension R03.0
Syncope and collapse R55
Encounter for examination of blood pressure without abnormal findings Z01.30
Encounter for examination of blood pressure with abnormal findings Z01.31

Source

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*The information on this page is informational only and does not represent a guarantee or promise from A&D concerning coverage or reimbursement rates.  It is the provider's responsibility to determine eligibility, coverage, coding, and all other requirements prior to the completion of services. 

Disclaimer: private payor and Medicare fee schedules may be corrected or changed periodically.