ICD-10 Myths (Part 2)
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 3/11/14 (revised & updated on 6.19.15)
ICD-10 Myth # 2:
"ICD-10 doesn't affect me because we use DSM-5"
This is one of the most dangerous misconceptions affecting mental & behavioral health care providers. ICD codes are mandated by HIPAA for all medical billing and have been for years. You probably didn't realize that you have been using ICD for years, because so many mental health professionals think of - and refer to - their diagnosis codes as "DSM-5 codes".
DSM codes are ICD codes! The DSM is simply a guide to picking the right ICD diagnosis code. DSM-IV promoted ICD-9 codes; DSM-5 promotes both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. See "For Mental Health, how do DSM-5, CPT and ICD codes interact?" for details.
ICD-10 Myth # 1: "I've heard that the government's going to extend the ICD-10 deadline."
ICD-10 Myth # 3: "I don't need to worry about ICD-10 because my EHR is taking care of it."
ICD-10 Myth # 4: "ICD-10 doesn't apply to me because I work in mental health."
ICD-10 Myth # 5: "I don't need to worry about ICD-10 because I only see self-pay clients."
ICD-10 Myth #6: "As a provider, I don’t need to worry about ICD-10 – our billing person's going to take care of it”
ICD-10 Myth #7: "Workman's compensation is going to stay on ICD-9"