What Is a ICD-9 Code for Hyperlipidemia Testing?


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Appropriate ICD-9 codes for hyperlipidemia testing are V77.91, screening for lipoid disorders, and 272.4, other and unspecified hyperlipidemia, according to ICD9Data.com. These codes are used to specify a diagnosis when submitting an insurance or other health coverage claim for reimbursement. Diagnosis codes are required when ordering tests such as screening for hyperlipidemia.

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Health care providers use ICD-9 codes found in the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, to report a patient's diagnosis in a standardized manner, explains the American College of Emergency Physicians. To order laboratory work, to report physician or other health care provider services, or to report medical and surgical procedures performed during the visit, health care providers use current procedural terminology codes, which are published by the American Medical Association.

The ICD-9 diagnosis codes are in one of three formats, reports the American College of Emergency Physicians. For known illnesses and conditions, the ICD-9 code contains three to five numbers. Alphanumeric codes beginning with "E" are used to describe external causes of injuries. ICD-9 codes beginning with "V" describe factors that are influencing the patient's health status.

Effective Oct. 1, 2015, all health care providers, insurance companies, and related health service providers and suppliers transition to ICD-10 codes, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. The ICD-10 code equivalent to ICD-9 V77.91 is Z13.220, encounter for screening for lipoid disorders, reports ICD9Data.com. The ICD-9 code 272.4 converts to either E78.5, other hyperlipidemia, or E78.5, hyperlipidemia, unspecified.

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