Psychiatric Diagnosis Coding


Discover the intricacies of accurately coding psychiatric diagnoses within the framework of ICD-10-CM for acute care inpatient hospitals in the 'Psychiatric Diagnosis Coding' course. This comprehensive program equips coders with the knowledge and skills needed to appropriately sequence and assign psychiatric diagnosis codes, emphasizing the importance of documentation and the avoidance of assumptions. Delve into case examples and gain a deep understanding of the coding process for a range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Participants will explore the complexities of principal diagnosis selection, signs and symptoms coding, and the unique challenges posed by mental health diagnoses within acute care settings.

Included Lessons:

  • Introduction
  • Psychiatric Diagnoses And ICD-10-CM
  • Principal Diagnosis and Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Signs And Symptoms
  • Depression
  • Depression And Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Summary
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Key Takeaways 

Upon completion of this course, medical coders will be well-prepared to navigate the complexities of coding psychiatric diagnoses in acute care settings. Some key takeaways include:

  • Accurate Diagnosis Coding: Coders will have a deep understanding of how to accurately code psychiatric diagnoses using the ICD-10-CM system, including specific codes for various mental and behavioral disorders.
  • Documentation Understanding: Participants will gain insight into the importance of comprehensive documentation by healthcare providers, and they will learn how to rely on the medical record to make informed coding decisions.
  • Sequencing Skills: The course will equip coders with the ability to appropriately sequence diagnosis codes, ensuring that the principal diagnosis reflects the primary reason for the patient's hospitalization.
  • Avoiding Assumptions: Coders will be trained to avoid making assumptions when coding psychiatric diagnoses and instead rely on clear and specific documentation from physicians.
  • Principal Diagnosis Selection: Participants will understand the intricacies of selecting the principal diagnosis, especially in cases where psychiatric conditions coexist with other medical issues, and when it is appropriate to code a psychiatric diagnosis as the principal diagnosis.
  • Signs and Symptoms Coding: Coders will learn how to differentiate between reporting signs and symptoms separately and when they are integral to a psychiatric diagnosis, avoiding unnecessary duplication.
  • Understanding Mental Health Manuals: The course will provide insight into the use of psychiatric diagnostic manuals like the DSM and ICD for coding purposes, and how to reconcile differences between them.
  • Awareness of Treatment Settings: Coders will gain an understanding of the distinctions between coding psychiatric conditions in acute care settings versus specialized psychiatric facilities or units.

Benefits of Taking this Course

  • Accurately Code Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Career Advancement
  • Comprehensive Understanding of Psychiatric Disorder Coding
  • Reduced Error
  • Professional Development


What is the primary purpose of psychiatric diagnosis coding in healthcare?
The primary purpose of psychiatric diagnosis coding is to accurately document and communicate a patient's mental health condition to healthcare providers, insurers, and government agencies for billing, treatment planning, and statistical purposes. Accurate coding ensures that patients receive appropriate care and that healthcare facilities are reimbursed correctly.
Can I code psychiatric diagnoses without specific documentation from the physician?
No, it is essential to have clear and specific documentation from the physician or healthcare provider before coding psychiatric diagnoses. Coders should never assume or guess the type or acuity of a diagnosis. If specific information is missing, coders may need to submit a query to the provider for clarification.
What is the role of psychiatric diagnostic manuals like the DSM and ICD in coding psychiatric conditions?

Psychiatric diagnostic manuals, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), provide standardized criteria and codes for mental health disorders. The DSM is commonly used in the U.S., while the ICD has a broader global reach. Coders should use these manuals to cross-reference and select the appropriate codes based on physician documentation.

About our Medical Coding Courses

HIAlearn, powered by Health Information Associates (HIA)—a leader in medical coding and auditing for more than three decades—offers a comprehensive online education platform for medical coders. With a catalog of over 200 medical coding courses accepted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a selection approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), HIAlearn caters to both beginners and experienced medical coders seeking to enhance their skills. The platform provides an array of training plans tailored to meet individual learning needs, from mastering challenging coding procedures to understanding broad conceptual frameworks within the coding world. Courses are available across various coding types including CPTE/M, ICD-10-CMICD-10-PCS, and are designed to cater to different coder levels and coding specialties such as inpatientoutpatientprofee, and CDI. Additionally, HIAlearn offers a Coding Updates bundle to ensure coders are up-to-date with the annual changes in ICD-10-CMICD-10-PCSCPT, and IPPS. Beyond individual learning, HIAlearn supports organizations with group discounts, promoting enhanced coding accuracy, efficiency, and compliance across teams. 

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