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Lab test diagnosis code

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    Default Lab test diagnosis code
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    Could someone please help me here. A patient is on a statin for hyperlipidemia. Because of this he will need his liver function test monitored. How should the diagnosis for LFT's be coded? I would have used V58.69, 272.2 but now see that V58.69 is secondary only code. Some other articles state to use V58.83 as prim but this is not a medicare covered code for LFT's in NY state. Thanks

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    Columbia, MO
    The AHA Coding Clinics state that this is to be coded as V58.83 first-listed with your V58.69 secondary and then your 272.2. I have never had an issue with Medicare on this being reimbursed. It is the appropriate way to code this encounter.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    I would code it the exact way as stated in prior response as well.

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