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    I have a lot of patients that have elevated lipids per lab reports....but there not on meds for it. They are chosing to not be on meds due to costs of rx or they are trying to control by diet and herbal meds. My question is when the providers are sending the patient over for there lipid panel...should they use the hyperlipidemia or screening? I have been told by other coders if they patient is not being treated by medicine prescribed by a Dr the provider should use screening on the order. Is this True?


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    The DX is confirmed. How the patient and Physician agree to treat the diagnosed condition is irrelevant. Code the symptom or DX that is the reason for ordering the test.

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    Thank you... this will help me a lot! Now I wish there was some way to make the patients understand this.

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    I would use the dx for elevated lipids or elevted bloodwork if the doctor doesnt clearly state that they have hyperlipidemia. 272.8 I believe is elevated lipoid metabolism

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