DSM-5 and ICD-10 Implementation

DSM-5 is the standard diagnostic manual published  with criteria and definitions of mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). It is the diagnostic manual most frequently used by counselors in the US,. Practitioner must arrive at the clinical diagnosis,  document it in the counseling chart and then assign the appropriate diagnosis code(s).

When submitting claims or giving clients receipts for insurance reimbursement, counselors must next assign an ICD code. ICD-9-CM codes should be used for reporting the diagnosis codes associated with services furnished up to, and including, September 30, 2015.  As of October 1, 2015, the ICD-10-CM code set will become the HIPAA adopted standard and will be required for reporting diagnosis codes for dates of service on and after October 1, 2015.

Some, but not all,  ICD-10-CM codes are listed in the DMS-5 (these codes are in parentheses). ACA members are encouraged to “look up” ICD-10-CM codes using resources, such as  the CMS.gov ICD-10 Code Lookup database.

 ACA members are encouraged to review the resources listed below.  At minimum, counselors are encouraged to review the following resources:

Webinar: Essentials for Counselors to Implement the DSM-5 and ICD-10
Podcast: HT075 - Mental Health Billing and ICD-10


DSM-5 Webinar