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(2020) Medicare Rules for Transcutaneous Oximetry (1.0 hour)


In January of 2011, the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) definition of transcutaneous oximetry (TCOM) changed. This altered the study we must perform and the way it is billed. Individuals who perform TCOM studies should be aware of these changes and ensure compliance with all applicable rules. This article will explain the CPT definition and discuss billing requirements of Medicare payers.


On completion of this activity, the reader should be able to:

  1. Explain the source of billing rules for TCOM.
  2. Explain the CPT definition of TCOM.
  3. Identify the appropriate CPT code for a TCOM study.
  4. Discuss who is qualified to perform a TCOM study.
  5. Locate your TCOM LCD.

Continuing Education

[Nurse] 1.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Nursing. Provider number CEP17094.

[CHT] This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for 1.0 Category A credit hour by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.

CHT re-certification requires a minimum of nine of the minimum 12 Category A credits relate directly to any combination of hyperbaric operations, related technical aspects and chamber safety.

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