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Urine Drug Screening

New Testing Strategies for Chronic Pain.

The Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pain Medicine have collaborated to develop new testing strategies for chronic pain patients to help comply with new state regulations (WAC 246).
"What Goes In Must Come Out" is a PowerPoint 2007 with audio that discusses the history of the new regulations and their impact on laboratory testing.
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Chronic Pain Drug Testing

The Washington State legislature directed the Medical Quality Assurance Commission to adopt new rules for management of chronic non-cancer pain. We have formulated a simplified process for urine drug testing which incorporates an ordering strategy based on risk. Providers should assess risk (e.g., Opioid Risk Tool, ORT), review clinical patient care data, and order tests as described below (list Expected Drugs on the order form, which will facilitate interpretation). Additional information regarding the implementation of the new rules can be found via the Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine website or by accessing the slideshow (see box on the right).

There are many drug testing options through the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine.