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ICD-10 Myths (Part 2)

PIMSY practice management for psychology myths

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.

See our ICD-10 Compliance Guide for details and ICD-10 Resource Center for more information.

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"


Leigh-Ann Renz is the Business Development and Marketing Director of PIMSY EHR. For more information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Behavioral Health EHR

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