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    What DX code do you use for elevated lipids. The ICD9 lists "Lipase" but I don't know if this is the same as "Lipids". Thank you coders. One day soon I'll be able to "Pay it Forward" and answer other coders questions !

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    Default DX code for elevated lipids

    In my opinion I would use code 272.8. The medical dictionary instructs you to see: fat; lipoprotein. LRM

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    Good morning,

    Coding scenarios without a final diagnosis can be frustrating. But, I agree with Irmckinney. You can find the code that properly reports your scenario by looking up the “main term: ‘Findings” in Volume 2 of the ICD-9 manual. Precisely: Finds, abnormal, without diagnosis; locate the subterm lipids and see what code most accurately identifies your case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinnwebb View Post
    What DX code do you use for elevated lipids. The ICD9 lists "Lipase" but I don't know if this is the same as "Lipids". Thank you coders. One day soon I'll be able to "Pay it Forward" and answer other coders questions !
    Lipase is an enzyme, lipids (lipoids) are fat. If the patient does not have the diagnosis of hyperlipidemia, then perhaps 272.8 or 272.9 would be appropriate.

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    I would use code 272.9 (since you don't state a specific disorder of the lipoid metabolism). If you have further documentation, then use the appropriate code in the 272.x range.

    LaSeille Willard, CPC

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    272.9 woud be the correct code

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    Default elevated lipase

    elevated lipase code 790.5 look in the index
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    now i am confused which is the right code 272.9 or 790.5

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    I would go with the 272.9
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    790.5 is for lipase which is an enzyme - totally different than lipids. The correct code for the elevated lipids would be 272.8 or 272.9.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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