Can tell me more about presumptive testing for drugs of abuse in terms of CPT codes?
In January 2017, AMA CPT® codes became valid for the reporting of presumptive testing for drugs of abuse to all payers. The NCCI Manual continues to point to the use of CPT codes 80305-80307 for presumptive drug testing, once per date of service. When testing for multiple substances—alcohol plus other drugs of abuse—requires the use of a separate test kit or a different methodology, the NCCI code pair edits will restrict billing of the CPT that represents the most comprehensive procedure. Testing for specimen adulteration is considered inherent to the drug screen analysis and is not separately coded or billed.
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