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coding labs with a physical

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    I am curious how others code labs when done at the time of a Physical. We code a diagnosis, if there is one, such as hyperlipidemia or hypertension, otherwise we link the lab to the physical, V70.0 or use a screening code.
    I have been getting many calls from patients saying that their labs would be covered by insurance 100% if they were coded to the physical.
    But if there is a dx, we do not consider it under the preventative.
    What do you do?
    Thank you,

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    This is benefit issue not a coding issue. That is what I tell patients, if in fact everything is coded correctly. If there is a problem you can't code it as screening.

    Laura, CPC

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