Need assistance -- we currently use in-house urine drug screens to follow our patients who are being prescribed medications for long-term/chronic problems. Currently we have been coding these we (305.92 - drug abuse, episodic) but don't feel that this is the most appropriate, because they aren't necessarily "abusing" the medication. The only "drug-screening" code that I was able to locate is the "drug screening in athletes".
Our thought was to change to a dual-diagnosis coding system, where we would code the drug dependence (i.e. opiate dependence) and then code the reason for the drug use (i.e. ADD, chronic pain, etc.)
Does anyone else do anything similar to this. Looking for ideas or suggestions. Thanks!
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