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Medicare Drug Screen Testing

This article describes how clinical diagnostic laboratories should bill for certain types of tests that are covered under Medicare and paid based on the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Specifically, the article addresses the billing of two HCPCS test codes - G0431 (Drug screen, qualitative; multiple drug classes by high complexity test method (e.g., immunoassay, enzyme assay), per patient encounter) and G0434 (Drug screen, other than chromatographic; any number of drug classes, by CLIA waived test or moderate complexity test, per patient encounter) - beginning January 1, 2011. HCPCS code G0434 is new for Calendar Year (CY) 2011. Effective January 1, 2011, CMS will utilize two test codes to report drug screen testing: • G0434 (Drug screen, other than chromatographic; any number of drug classes, by CLIA waived test or moderate complexity test, per patient encounter) will be used to report very simple testing methods, such as dipsticks, cups, cassettes, and cards, that are interpreted visually, with the assistance of a scanner, or are read utilizing a moderately complex reader device outside the instrumented laboratory setting (i.e., non-instrumented devices). • G0431 (Drug screen, qualitative; multiple drug classes by high complexity test method (e.g., immunoassay, enzyme assay), per patient encounter) will be used to report more complex testing methods, such as multi-channel chemistry analyzers, where a more complex instrumented device is required to perform some or all of the screening tests for the patient. Note that the descriptor has been revised for CY 2011. CMS has also made changes to the following related tests: 1. G0430 was deleted as of January 1, 2011; 2. Code 80100 has not been priced under Medicare effective January 1, 2011; and 3. Code 80104 has not been priced under Medicare effective January 1, 2011. Also, please remember that code 80101 has not been priced under Medicare since July 1, 2010.

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