Mental and behavioral disorders have recently had a media spotlight shone on them because of the opioid epidemic in the United States, and coding of these disorders can sometimes be tricky. Learning the nuances can help achieve accurate coding, which will enhance data necessary to make improvements in insurance coverage, patient care, and physician engagement.
Achieving accurate and comprehensive coding of such as mental disorders include a wide variety of problems, including anxiety disorders, phobias, bipolar disorder, depression, personality disorders, etc. is imperative.
Documentation for mental disorders need to include the type of the condition, the status, what it was caused by or due to, any complications or manifestations, and any co-morbid conditions as well. Mental disorders are treated in all specialties, to some degree. It is important that all providers know how to document these disorders so that the most appropriate codes can be assigned.
Coding Mental and Behavioral Health Issues