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SAMHSA Bulletin

Date: 1/29/2014 9:45 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

A new SAMHSA fact sheet offers help to behavioral health providers transitioning to the ICD-10 classification system

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 October 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 coding for outpatient procedures. However, all of the services provided for either substance use or mental disorders are subject to HIPAA standards; therefore, health care 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.
The SAMHSA fact sheet is available at:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last updated: 1/29/2014 10:00 AM

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