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Question: Please explain how I should code a drug-test order for a patient on prescription phenobarbital when the physician wants to measure the therapeutic dose, plus monitor the patient for codeine and methadone use.
Oregon Subscriber Answer: The answer depends on the payer. For non-Medicare payers, you should report the following codes 80184 — Phenobarbital
80361 — Opiates, [...]