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New SAMHSA fact sheet offers help for the transition to the ICD-10 system

January 29, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a new fact sheet designed to help mental health and substance abuse service providers make the transition to the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) code sets.

The ICD-10, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2014, will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The change to ICD-10 does not affect Current Procedural Terminology (CPT codes) coding for outpatient procedures. However, all of the services provided for either substance use or mental disorders are subject to HIPAA standards; therefore, healthcare providers must shift to ICD-10 once it becomes effective.  

The fact sheet answers many common questions about ICD-10, including preparation for implementation, and provides advice on how providers can ensure that they and their support systems (e.g., staff, electronic reporting systems, billing procedures, etc.) are compliant with ICD-10 requirements.

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