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ICD-10 Codes Will Not Be Used Until October 2015

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  
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On April 1 President Obama signed a bill, passed by the Senate and House, which will delay scheduled cuts in Medicare payments, as well as the switch to the use of ICD-10 for billing purposes.  

This means that Medicare reimbursements will remain the same for this year, and that we will NOT be switching to the ICD-10 codes for billing purposes on October 1, 2014.  

The question of using DSM IV codes and ICD-9 codes will be addressed with CMS and the commercial insurance companies, HMOs, and MCOs, at the NASW Managed Care Commission meeting on April 11.  Another Clinical Alert will be sent out soon with this additional information.  Until you hear more, continue to use DSM IV and ICD9 for diagnosis and billing codes.  Be aware that most, but not all, DSM IV codes and ICD-9 codes are identical.

Some links to help learn the ICD-9 codes associated with the DSM IV codes you may have been using:
And a link to an article on the delay in transition to ICD-10:



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