Laboratory Question for the Week of December 21, 2015

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Did CMS ever determine the level II codes that should be used for drug-abuse testing?

Answer:

Yes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made a decision about the codes for reporting drug-abuse testing. For 2016, CMS has created three new G codes to report presumptive testing and four new G codes to report definitive drug testing. These codes are not yet posted online in the HCPCS level II file, but they do have an effective date of January 1, 2016.

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