Opioid agonist treatment (oat) 15039 - Gp point of care (poc) testing for methadone

General Info

Billing Amount: $12.66

Max units / year / patient: 26

Notes:

Restricted to physicians who have exemptions to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone for their patients with opioid dependency in B.C.

Restricted to patients registered in the B.C. Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.

Maximum billable: 26 per annum, per patient.

iv) Confirmatory testing (reanalyzing a specimen which is positive on the initial POC test using a different analytic method) is expensive and seldom necessary once a patient has enrolled in the Methadone Maintenance Program. Accordingly, confirmatory testing should be utilized only when medically necessary and when a confirmed result would have a significant impact on patient management.
v) This fee includes the adulteration test.
vi) Only POC urine testing kits that have met Health Canada Standards are to be used.