Common ICD-10 codes for Mental and Behavioral Health Practi-tioners

In order to avoid denials or delays in payment, many providers choose to outsource this service to a third party.
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LEWES, Del. - Jan. 14, 2020 - PRLog -- In order to avoid denials or delays in payment, many providers choose to outsource this service to a third party. In the United States of America, DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is the official set of recognized diagnoses in mental health ( Even though it includes everything needed for diagnosing a mental disorder, providers still need ICD-10 codes. This is because ICD-10 codes ( are adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and are needed for simplifying the reporting of diagnoses. These codes are also necessary for streamlining the communication process between different healthcare entities.

There are different organizations that maintain DSM-5 as well and ICD-10 codes but the diagnostic codes found in DSM-5 are actually ICD-10 codes. DSM-5 references ICD-10 codes, providing a list of diagnostic criteria for every recognized mental disorder. Occasionally, there can be a disconnection between the diagnoses in the two sets. This is because ICD-10 and DSM-5 are not strictly related. However, revisions are made to DSM-5 periodically so that the diagnostic criteria and coding can be better aligned with ICD-10.

For Mental Health disorders, all ICD-10 codes start with a single letter and are followed by three or more numbers. Some of the commonly used codes in diagnoses are clustered as F codes. These are further broken into different categories such as F00-F09 for organic, symptomatic disorders, F10-F19 for mental and behavioral disorders and F20-F29 for delusional, disorders, schizotypal and schizophrenia. Z codes used in Mental Health disorders are codes for factors that influence health status and contact with health services. G codes in Mental Health are used for diseases of the nervous system.

Some of the most common ICD-10 codes for mental and behavioural health practitioners are:

•   F32.0 Major depressive disorder, single episode, mild

•   F29 Unspecified psychosis not due to a substance or known physiological ( condition

•   F41.9 Anxiety disorder, unspecified

•   G30.0 Alzheimer's disease with early-onset

•   F31.9 Bipolar disorder, unspecified

•   F11.20 Opioid dependence, uncomplicated

•   Z79.891 Long term (current) use of opiate analgesic

•   Z03.89 Encounter for observation for other suspected diseases and conditions ruled out

Untrained coders can get easily overwhelmed with the number of different codes out there. By having expert billers and coders on board, they can easily get paid on time.

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