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Important Changes to the DSM-5 – MUST READ!

August 14, 2015 07:49 PM

The DSM-5, which was published in May of 2013, is the ruling guide for diagnostic codes to assist in billing for behavioral health issues in the U.S. One feature of the DSM is that it aligns its codes to those of the ICD-10, which is the other diagnostic authority used throughout the world. However, we have just come across information reported that there are approximately 70 diagnostic code errors in all DSM-5s printed and purchased before March of 2014. That leaves about a year’s worth of books with 70 diagnostic errors in them going into the mandatory changeover deadline of October of 2015.

As you are most likely aware, this October marks the full transition from DSM-IV-TR codes to the full adoption of DSM-5 codes. Please don’t be left out on this important issue. I have contacted APA and they are not planning on reimbursing or sending out free corrected issues of DSM-5. Therefore, it is up to you to know and make the changes.

Luckily, we at MaMHCA have the changes available through this link

I hope this serves you well. Let me know if you have any other questions about this issue.

Joseph Weeks, MA, LMHC
MaMHCA President
MaMHCA Director of Public Policy & Legislation
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