Search Results: drug testing
By Lee Fifield
Mar 10th, 2023
OIG audit finds Medicare could have saved up to $215.8 million over 5 years. Drug testing is generally performed to detect the presence or absence of drugs in patients undergoing treatment for pain management or substance use disorders. There are two ...
Jan 1st, 2019
Comments Off on Pain Management Drug Testing Is on the Rise, and Under Scrutiny
Medical necessity and documentation for these tests must meet both payer requirements and federal guidelines. Pain management drug testing is under the microscope for potential fraud, waste, and abuse. The reasons for scrutiny include misconceptions a...
Jun 19th, 2018
Presumptive drug testing services may be performed prior to definitive drug screen testing (80320-80377), when a provider wants to rule out illicit drug uses or to confirm the presence of a particular drug class without identifying individual drugs; o...
Apr 1st, 2017
Comments Off on Defining Definitive Drug Testing Codes
Break down the code descriptors for proper drug test reporting. Definitive drug testing code descriptors may contain terms not familiar outside the laboratory. To better understand these codes (G0480-G0483), let’s look at a typical descriptor and disc...
Feb 1st, 2016
Comments Off on Have Compliant Requisition Forms for Pain Management Drug Testing
When providing toxicology drug testing, be sure requisition forms follow up-to-date guidance. In August 1998, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published the Compliance Program Guidance for Clinical Laboratories. Among other recommendations, thes...