Why you need to purchase or have ready access to the DSM-5
The DSM-5 has changed in a number of significant ways such that you can not rely on the old DSM-IV for diagnosis. Not only have some old diagnoses been retired and some new ones added, but in some cases an old diagnosis (with an old name and perhaps even an old diagnostic code) may have new symptoms and other criteria that you, as a clinician, are responsible to know. Using old, outdated DSM-IV codes could result in claim denials and possibly more complicated and problematic repercussions. Please be sure that you are using the current DSM-5 and ICD codes to avoid problems.
Another change is the retirement of the DSM system for insurance coding; insurance companies now require the use of ICD codes. The ICD-9 & ICD-10 CM codes are listed in the DSM-5. For more information visit the American Psychiatric Association’s website www.psych.org/practice/dsm/dsm5 and read the DSM-5.