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Medicare Contractor Questions Drug Tests

Florida’s Medicare contractor, First Coast Service Options in Jacksonville, recently announced plans to limit coverage for follow-up drug tests, and is accepting public comment.

That’s what they got from Attorney General Pam Bondi, who warns that such a policy could patients at risk, as the Miami Herald reports. Bondi says so-called "false negative" results could put patients at risk for dangerous drug combinations, and relying on specimen cups alone would make it easier for drug addicts to fake it., the Herald reports.

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