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Texas Lab Bills Patient $17,850 for Allegedly Unnecessary Urine Drug Tests

Posted on Feb 27, 2018
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Following back surgery, a Texas health care provider prescribed a patient an opioid for pain and sent her for follow-up urine drug testing. The Houston-based lab allegedly conducted medically unnecessary tests and charged the patient $17,850, which the insurer declined to cover. The lab was part of a network of pain clinics and other medical businesses founded by an anesthesiologist, who also owns the facility where the patient had her surgery. The pain clinic has been sued in the past by clinicians who looked to sever ties with the clinic for fear of losing their licenses over unnecessary urine drug testing. Additionally, Better Business Bureau rated the lab with a grade of “F” and posted on its website an August 2017 complaint from a patient charged $16,150 for a urine drug test. Read more here.

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