Frequency Limitations: When monitoring long term anti-lipid dietary or pharmacologic therapy and when following patients with borderline high total or LDL cholesterol levels, it is reasonable to perform the lipid panel annually. A lipid panel (CPT code 80061) at a yearly interval will usually be adequate while measurement of the serum total cholesterol (CPT code 82465) or a measured LDL (CPT code 83721) should suffice for interim visits if the patient does not have hypertriglyceridemia (for example, ICD-9-CM code 272.1, Pure hyperglyceridemia).
Any one component of the panel or a measured LDL may be medically necessary up to six times the first year for monitoring dietary or pharmacologic therapy. More frequent total cholesterol HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride testing may be indicated for marked elevations or for changes to anti-lipid therapy due to inadequate initial patient response to dietary or pharma-cologic therapy. The LDL cholesterol or total cholesterol may be measured three times yearly after treatment goals have been achieved. If no dietary or pharmacological therapy is advised, monitoring is not necessary.
When evaluating non-specific chronic abnormalities of the liver (for example, elevations of transaminase, alkaline phosphatase, abnormal imaging studies, etc.), a lipid panel would generally not be indicated more than twice per year.
400 ICD-9 Codes are associated with CPT code 80061 in this policy.
|242.00||Toxic diffuse goiter without thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.01||Toxic diffuse goiter with thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.10||Toxic uninodular goiter without thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.11||Toxic uninodular goiter with thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.20||Toxic multinodular goiter without thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.21||Toxic multinodular goiter with thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.30||Toxic nodular goiter, unspecified, without thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.31||Toxic nodular goiter, unspecified, with thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.40||Thyrotoxicosis from ectopic thyroid nodule without thyrotoxic crisis or storm|
|242.41||Thyrotoxicosis from ectopic thyroid nodule with thyrotoxic crisis or storm|