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 discuss relevant concepts. HCPCS Level II code G0480 is a perfect example: G0480 Drug test(s), definitive, utilizing drug identification ...
Feb 1st, 2015
Change your focus from “qualitative vs. quantitative” to “presumptive, definitive, or therapeutic drug assay.” By Joette Derricks, MPA, CMPE, CPC, CHC, CSSGB The entire code set for drug screens is revamped in the CPT® 2015 codebook, as are the guidelines and definitions. Instead of differentiating testing procedures based on qualitative or quantitative methodology, the new ...
In Billing
Jun 11th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the latest tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as waived tests under the Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). Facilities must be appropriately certified for each test performed and CPT® codes for the following new tests must have the modifier QW CLIA waived ...