December 01, 2022

Annual lab testing for behavioral health disorders

Primary Care Providers (PCPs)

Annual lab testing for blood glucose and cholesterol levels is recommended for patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Lab testing includes the following tests:1

  • Blood glucose or HbA1c
  • LDL-C or cholesterol


The American Diabetes Association says major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, are linked to illness and death.2 Second-generation antipsychotics used to treat these disorders have been linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes.3  The following are resources to help you inform your patients about their options and related educational topics:

  • Call the number on the back of the member’s health plan ID card
  • Visit to search for educational information. You may sign in or browse as a guest with access code “clinician” and select “Explore & Learn” at the top of the page to view available topics
  • Read the Behavioral Health Tool Kit for Medical Providers


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1National Committee for Quality Assurance (2023). Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) Technical
2Tamminga, MD, Carol, Antipsychotic Drugs; Adverse Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs (para 16), Merck Manual (Professional Version), 2022 Sep.
3Lindekilde, Nanna, Scheuer, Stine H., Diaz, Lars J., et al. Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes in Individuals with a Psychiatric Disorder: A Nationwide Register-Based Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2022 Mar 1; 45 (3): 724–733
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