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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

Section: Diagnostic Medical
Effective Date: November 01, 2019
Revised Date: October 09, 2019
Last Reviewed: September 26, 2019


Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is typically done over a 24-hour period with a fully automated monitor. This provides more detailed blood pressure information than a traditional reading obtained during office visits. The greater number of readings with ABPM ameliorates the variability of single blood pressure measurements and is more representative of the circadian rhythm of blood pressure compared to the limited number obtained during an office measurement.


Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) maybe be considered medically necessary for ANY of the following indications:


  • Suspected white coat hypertension (WCH) with no evidence of end-organ damage;
    • The physician has performed at least three blood pressure measurements at least one (1) week apart in the office; and
    • Blood pressure measurements by non-physicians (e.g., nurse, technician) in the office have been done and stage one hypertension readings have been obtained but <180/110, not requiring immediate treatment with medications; and
    • Member has repeated blood pressure measurements at home over at least one (1) month, and the diagnosis of hypertension remains in question; or
  • Resistant hypertension in individuals who are being treated with three (3) or more medications; or Hypertensive individuals with hypotensive symptoms thought to be related to antihypertensive medications or neurological symptoms; or
  • For individuals whose symptomatology (paroxysms of excessive sweating, palpitations, apprehension) suggest episodic hypertension secondary to an adrenal tumor and office blood pressure measurements are repeated normal; or
  • For evaluation of syncope or near syncope when used in conjunction with a 24 hour Holter monitor to determine whether symptoms are the direct result of an arrhythmia; or
  • To investigate blood pressure changes in individuals nocturnal angina.

Procedure Codes

93784  93786  93788 93790


ABPM may be considered medically necessary in children/adolescents greater than or equal to age five (5) in ANY of the following settings:

  • Confirming the diagnosis of hypertension including differentiating true hypertension from “white coat” hypertension:
    • When office blood pressure measurements are in the elevated blood pressure category for one (1) year or more; or
    • When blood pressure measurements fall within the Stage 1 HTN category over three (3) clinic visits at least one (1) to two (2) weeks apart; or
    • When blood pressure measurements fall within the Stage 2 HTN category twice within one (1) week; or
  • Assessing symptoms related to suspected drug-related hypotension; or
  • Drug resistant hypertension; or
  • To assess effectiveness of hypertensive treatment; or
  • Children and adolescents with ANY of the following:
    • A history of aortic coarctation; or
    • A history of low birth weight; or
    • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and structural renal abnormalities; or
    • Endocrine disorders associated with hypertension (e.g. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, familial hyperaldosteronism, etc.); or
    • Genetic syndromes associated with hypertension (e.g. neurofibromatosis, Turner syndrome, Williams syndrome, sickle cell disease, etc.); or
    • Obesity; or
    • Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDP); or
    • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM); or
    • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).

ABPM in children and adolescents should be used by experts in the field of pediatric nephrology and pediatric cardiology who are experienced in its use and interpretation.

ABPM for any other indication is considered experimental/investigational and therefore, non-covered, due to lack of supporting published peer reviewed literature.

Procedure Codes

93784  93786  93788 93790

ABPM is considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered in ANY of the following situations because the medical literature does not support its use in these conditions:

  • For blood pressure monitoring of individuals with heart failure; or
  • For blood pressure monitoring of pregnant women who do not meet any of the criteria listed above; or
  • For diagnosing malignant hypertension. Under accepted guidelines, malignant hypertension requires urgent hospital admission for appropriate investigation and treatment; or
  • For individuals with an irregular cardiac rhythm (e.g., atrial fibrillation); or
  • For monitoring normal blood pressure readings in the medical setting of individuals with documented evidence of end-organ damage (e.g., nephropathy, electrocardiographical changes, left ventricular hypertrophy, angina, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, transient ischemic attack) or cardiovascular risk factors (e.g., diabetes mellitus, smoking, hypercholesterolemia); or

ABPM for more than 24 hours is considered not medically necessary.

Procedure Codes

93784  93786  93788 93790

Non-invasive assessment of central blood pressure (e.g., SphygmoCor System) is considered experimental/investigational and therefore non-covered.  The long-term efficacy has not yet been established.

Procedure Codes



BP Classification Systolic BP, mm Hg*   Diastolic BP, mm Hg*
Normal <120 and <80
Prehypertension 120-129 and <80
Stage 1 Hypertension 130-139 or 80-89
Stage 2 Hypertension > 140 or > 90


For Children aged one (1)- < 13 Years of Age For Children Aged ≥13 Years of Age
Normal BP: <90th percentile Normal BP: <120/<80 mm Hg
Elevated BP: ≥90th percentile to <95th percentile or 120/80mm Hg to <95th percentile (whichever is lower) Elevated BP: 120/<80 to 129/<80 mm Hg
Stage 1 HTN: ≥95th percentile to <95th percentile + 12 mmHg, or 130/80 to 139/89 mm Hg (whichever is lower) Stage 1 HTN: 130/80 to 139/89 mm Hg
Stage 2 HTN: ≥95th percentile + 12 mm Hg, or ≥140/90 mm Hg (whichever is lower) Stage 2 HTN: ≥140/90 mm Hg

Professional Statements and Societal Positions

Screening for high blood pressure in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement. 2015.

The USPSTF found convincing evidence that ABPM is the best method for diagnosing hypertension. Elevated ambulatory systolic blood pressure was consistently and significantly associated with increased risk for fatal and nonfatal stroke and cardiovascular events, independent of office blood pressure. For these reasons, the USPSTF recommends ABPM as the reference standard for confirming the diagnosis of hypertension.

Diagnosis Codes  

Covered Diagnosis Codes

C74.00 C74.01 C74.02 D44.7 D57.00 D57.01 D57.02
D57.1 D57.20 D57.211 D57.212 D57.219 D57.3 D57.40
D57.411 D57.412 D57.419 D57.80 D57.811 D57.812 D57.819
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E21.5 E24.0 E24.8 E24.9 E26.01 E26.02 E26.09
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Z30.46 Z30.49 Z30.9 Z31.7 Z33.3 Z70.0 Z70.1
Z70.3 Z70.8 Z70.9 Z71.83 Z87.74

Non-covered diagnosis codes

E09.21 E09.22 E09.29 E10.10 E10.11 E10.21 E10.22
E10.29 E10.311 E10.319 E10.321 E10.329 E10.331 E10.339
E10.341 E10.349 E10.351 E10.359 E10.36 E10.39 E10.40
E10.41 E10.42 E10.43 E10.44 E10.49 E10.51 E10.52
E10.59 E10.610 E10.618 E10.620 E10.621 E10.622 E10.628
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E11.00 E11.01 E11.10 E11.11 E11.21 E11.22 E11.29
E11.311 E11.319 E11.321 E11.329 E11.331 E11.339 E11.341
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E13.641 E13.649 E13.65 E13.69 E13.8 E13.9 E78.0
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N06.5 N06.6 N06.7 N06.8 N06.9 N07.0 N07.1
N07.2 N07.3 N07.4 N07.5 N07.6 N07.7 N07.8
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Z34.92 Z34.93