HealthCare News

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Education Services

Issue: #397 NOV2017

Topic: Coding/Billing


The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) benefit for pulmonary rehabilitation education consists of three outpatient and/or office-based educational sessions per lifetime for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for the diagnoses listed below. This benefit only applies to the educational sessions. BCBSND does not cover pulmonary rehabilitation services.

These educational sessions should last approximately 60 to 90 minutes and should include the following topics:

  • Basic cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, with emphasis on the symptoms of pulmonary disease
  • Techniques of breathing control
  • Nutrition
  • Respiratory irritants and other aggravators of COPD
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Exercise and COPD
  • Medications for COPD

The following services are included in a pulmonary rehabilitation education program and should not be billed separately:

  • Any evaluation and management (E&M) service
  • Physical performance test or measurement
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Self-care/home management training

If pulse oximetry is performed as part of any of these programs, it is also considered included in the program and should not be billed separately. Any physical therapy services must meet the benefit information outlined in the physical therapy medical policy. E&M services are not in the scope of services reimbursable by BCBSND for physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapy.

If a patient chooses to continue with additional sessions beyond the three included in their benefit plan, additional sessions will be their responsibility.

Members must consult their applicable benefit plans or contact a Member Services representative for specific coverage information.

The Federal Employee Program (FEP) does not reimburse for the pulmonary rehabilitation education program; however, pulmonary rehabilitation may be eligible for reimbursement based on medical necessity.

Coding and billing information

HCPCSDefinitionBenefit
S9473Pulmonary rehabilitation program, non-physician provider, per diemAllow three educational sessions/lifetime; do not bill as 99199
G0237Therapeutic procedures to increase strength or endurance of respiratory muscles, face-to-face, one-on-one, each 15 minutes (includes monitoring)Non-covered as pulmonary rehab
G0238Therapeutic procedures to improve respiratory function, other than described by G0237, one-on-one, face-to-face, per 15 minutes (includes monitoring)Non-covered as pulmonary rehab
G0239Therapeutic procedures to improve respiratory function or increase strength or endurance of respiratory muscles, two or more individuals (includes monitoring)Non-covered as pulmonary rehab
G0424Pulmonary rehabilitation, including exercise (includes monitoring) one hour, per session, up to two sessions per dayNon-covered as pulmonary rehab

Revenue code

Claims for pulmonary rehab and education services must be billed with the above HCPCS codes and revenue code 0948. Claims without the correct HCPCS code and revenue code will be returned to the provider for correction.

Revenue codeDefinitionUnit
0948Pulmonary rehabilitationPer visit

Diagnosis codes

The following diagnosis codes are appropriate for pulmonary rehabilitation services.

ICD-10-CMDefinition
J43.0Unilateral pulmonary emphysema (MacLeod’s syndrome)
J43.1Panlobular emphysema
J43.2Centrilobular emphysema
J43.8Other emphysema
J43.9Emphysema, unspecified
J44.0Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection
J44.1Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with (acute) exacerbation
J44.9Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified
J67.0Farmer’s lung
J67.1Bagassosis
J67.2Bird fancier’s lung
J67.3Suberosis
J67.4Maltworker’s lung
J67.5Mushroom-worker’s lung
J67.6Maple-bark-stripper’s lung
J67.7Air-conditioner and humidifier lung
J67.8Hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to other organic dusts
J67.9Hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to unspecified organic dust
J68.4Chronic respiratory conditions due to chemicals, gases, fumes and vapors

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