Tests/Examinations

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Tests/Examinations

Postby curiousgeorge » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:57 am

Yesterday, I spoke to my respiratory therapist about the possibility of him doing the tests (EtCO2, specific spirometry, cough flows, O2 sat). He told me that Medicare would neither pay him nor probably my doctors to do them. How do I get them done?

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Re: Tests/Examinations

Postby bachjr » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:59 am

A painful and otherwise unnecessary arterial blood gas will give CO2 information and you can obtain a “peak flow meter” for about $20 that you can use for cough flows. Spirometry is more expensive and difficult to have done and can only be done correctly in a "Center for Noninvasive Respiratory Management" at this time.

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