During the week of July 20th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a hearing to address reimbursement policies for various lab services, including urine drug testing.
According to Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM, who manages Two Dreams Treatment Centers and is a consultant to the laboratory industry, Palmetto, a CMS claims processing contractor overseeing one of the 10 CMS jurisdictions, has adopted a new urine-testing reimbursement model for its region, which she predicts will ultimately become the nationwide standard. The model does not allow for additional reimbursement when an immunoassay test at a lab is used to confirm a test from the point of care.
Read more about it here: http://www.addictionpro.com/article/urine-drug-testing-model-likely-roll-out-nationwide
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