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Millennium Laboratories, Inc. Urges Medicare to Reconsider the 2010 Physician Reimbursement for Point-of-Care Urine Drug Screen Devices
Date:7/27/2010

Prescription drug diversion and abuse cost public and private health insurers $72.5 billion per year, much of which is passed to consumers through higher health insurance premiums (2009 National Prescription Drug Threat Assessment – Drug Enforcement Agency). The White House Office of Management and Budget estimates that, including crime, loss of productivity and government anti-drug programs, the cost is $300 billion a year.

Physicians in clinical practice agree. Dr. Weingarten, M.D., Comprehensive Pain Management Associates in New York, said, "All the clinical data and evidence is there that shows urine drug screening is an early drug abuse identifier and intervention technique that serves to protect patients' health and saves lives. UDT helps ensure appropriate treatment and medication use, reduces the risk of adverse events and, most important, optimizes therapeutic outcomes. It is a tool that not only helps and protects patients; it also helps to protect the public from the consequences and costs of crime associated with prescription drug abuse. Medicare must find a way to make drug testing feasible for physicians throughout the country and not make it cash negative for physicians to be able to fully take care of their patients and fully comply with state and DEA requirements."

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