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DX code for elevated lipids?

  1. #1
    Salt Lake North
    Smile DX code for elevated lipids?
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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 !

  2. 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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    Post Try to remember creativity is the key to quickly arrive at the appropriate code
    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.

  4. #4
    Greeley, Colorado
    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.

  5. Default elevated lipids
    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

  6. #6
    Red face
    272.9 woud be the correct code

  7. #7
    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

  10. #10
    Greeley, Colorado
    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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