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Tip: Reporting anxiety disorders in ICD-10-CM

APCs Insider, April 24, 2015

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million Americans 18 years and older each year (18% of the population), making them among the most common mental disorders. Women are 60% more likely to suffer from anxiety- and stress-related disorders than men, and the average age of onset is 11 years old, according to NIMH.
ICD-10-CM includes many anxiety- and stress-related disorders. Social phobias (F40.1-) can be reported as unspecified (fifth character 0) or generalized (fifth character 1). Coders can also report specific (isolated) phobias (F40.2-).
Obsessive compulsive disorder, another anxiety disorder, only has one option (F42) in ICD-10-CM, making it easy to code.
This tip is adapted from “Reporting mental disorders in ICD-10-CM" in the April issue of Briefings on APCs.

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