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Changes to ICD-10 Mental Health Codes on the Way

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National Association of Social Workers – MA Chapter
September, 2016

Changes to ICD-10 Mental Health Codes on the Way
By Megan Brooks - September 07, 2016

Key changes to diagnostic codes in the mental health chapter of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-10) will take effect October 1 and reflect the updated diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

"These include changes to align the terminology used in DSM-5 with that used in the mental health chapter of ICD-10. In response, the fiscal year 2017 version of ICD-10, which takes effect October 1, will include most of DSM-5's terminology," the American Psychiatric Association (APA) notes in a release.

The APA adds that in some cases, new codes have been added to ICD-10 to accommodate the new diagnoses that were added to the DSM-5.

"The new codes will allow more accurate diagnostic recording, improved communication among clinicians, and better means for collecting prevalence data," the APA said.

The chart below lists the original codes (valid only through September 30, 2016) and the new codes (effective October 1, 2016) for the disorders affected in alphabetical order to the disorders affected.

Disorder Original Code New Code - 10/1/16
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder F50.8 F50.89
Binge-eating disorder F50.8 F50.81
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder F34.8 F34.81
Excoriation (skin-picking) disorder L98.1 F42.4
Gender dysphoria in adolescents and adults F64.1 F64.0
Hoarding disorder F42 F42.3
Obsessive-compulsive disorder F42 F42.2
Other specified depressive disorder F32.8 F32.89
Other specified feeding or eating disorder F50.8 F50.89
Other specified obsessive-compulsive/related disorder F42 F42.8
Pica, in adults F50.8 F50.89
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder N94.3 F32.81
Social (pragmatic) communication disorder F80.89 F80.82
Unspecified obsessive-compulsive/related disorder F42 F42.9


See the free DSM-5 Update, a free supplement to DSM-5, for these changes as noted page-by-page in DSM-5 and the DSM-5 Desk Reference, as well as prior updates to DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, text, and prior ICD-10-CM coding updates necessary for compensation in mental health practice. Available at:

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