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ICD-10: Screening Drug Test Orders Use Many Diagnoses

Posted on 25. Feb, 2015 by in ICD-10

Get ready for new options later this year

When your lab performs a screening drug test, you can’t expect to get the same diagnosis code every time.

Instead, the reasons clinicians order a drug screen are as varied as the drugs themselves — and your code choices are about to get even more varied when ICD-10 goes into effect on Oct. 1.

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Medicare and many other payers cover drug screening only for patients with history, signs, symptoms, or conditions that demonstrate medical necessity for testing. For instance, payers may cover drug screening for patients with long-term pain medicine use, or individuals showing signs of a drug-induced mental or physical impairment, or a history of drug abuse. Labs may also get orders from employers for drug screening, but insurance doesn’t cover these services.

The vast array of reasons that you might perform a drug screen...

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