AMA grants new CPT code for Masimos SpHb measurement Masimo.

AMA grants new CPT code for Masimo’s SpHb measurement Masimo, the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through Movement and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced today that the American Medical Association has granted a fresh Current Procedural Terminology code, 88738, for Masimo’s noninvasive hemoglobin measurement. Medicare has costed the CPT code at $7.19 on the 2010 Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, effective January 1, 2010. The new CPT code and pricing allows healthcare providers to expenses and receive payment when testing eligible patients. SOURCE Masimo.This year, the ICG guaranteed some 8 million dosages as an emergency stockpile. 5.5 million doses are available currently. Despite concerns about a shortage of vaccine, WHO estimates that some 15 million doses are still available on the market, which countries can purchase. Furthermore, to rapidly address the potential shortage of vaccine supply, WHO decided to assess the status and creation capability of polysaccharide manufactures world-wide. One producer, Bio-Manguinhos in Brazil, was identified as the quickest and strongest alternative for scaling-up vaccine source in the brief and medium term.