Are you ready for the new ICD-10 codes? The number of usable codes will grow significantly, to 69,000 (up from the 48,000 or so currently being used). What does that mean for behavioral health? Well, here are some things to know:
Anxiety Disorders: ICD-9 codes = 27 ICD-10 codes = 47
Autism Spectrum Disorders: ICD-9 codes = 6 ICD-10 codes = 4
Mood related disorders: ICD-9 codes = 65 ICD-10 codes = 71
Schizophrenia: ICD-9 codes = 56 ICD-10 codes = 11
Actually, behavioral health providers will use a very small percentage of the total amount of new codes.
All codes will contain more digits than before, and behavioral health codes will be preceded by an “F”: For example —
29285 – Drug induced sleep disorders will change to F13282 – Sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic dependence with sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic-induced sleep disorder
If you are already filing your claims through an online clearinghouse, there won’t be anything that you need to do, in that respect. The clearinghouses are updating so that the change will be automatic.
If you are using paper claims, you should already be using the new ones that came out in April, 2014; if you aren’t yet, it’s time to get on board with that, because if you are still using the 2012 version, your claims will probably be rejected.
I have read that if the new codes are not used, then the claim will be rejected. This could cause a heck of a mess! NOW is the time to find out what you need to know to get your practice on board by October 1, 2015!
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