Need diagnosis code for labs BEFORE first psych evaluation/first visit

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What is the correct diagnosis code to use when ordering screening labs to be done before the patient is seen the first time for a psychiatric evaluation? This is required at my facility. Currently my facility is using Z79.899 (Long term current drug therapy) but I believe this is wrong because the patient is not yet on medication. I have exhausted my resources so I'm hoping someone else does this and can help me.

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mitchellde

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If the patient has symptoms which are the reason for the psych evaluation then use the signs and symptoms. If there are no signs and symptoms then you will use a code in the Z13 category.
 
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