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Transitioning to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM  

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 5/5/2014

Expiration Date: 7/31/2017

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 1.5
  • Participation: 1.5

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The Fifth Edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is the compendium of mental disorder criteria and diagnostic codes used by clinicians in the U.S. healthcare system. Since its release in May 2013, clinicians and outside organizations have expressed to the APA and SAMHSA a need to know more about DSM-5’s approach to diagnostic coding. This knowledge is critical, as ICD codes are reported to insurance companies for the purposes of providing reimbursement for clinical services. Clinicians need to understand and appropriately use DSM-5’s codes in order to avoid barriers to or delays in treatment. This program will help clinicians to better understand the coding changes in DSM-5; how DSM-5’s approach is similar to and differs from that in DSM-IV; the rationale behind the revisions; and specific clinical implications.


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Non-Member - Free

Target Audience

Mental health clinicians (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers) and non-psychiatrist physicians interested in learning more about DSM-5’s coding approach.

Educational Objectives

1. To explain the ways in which the ICD coding structure of DSM-5 compares to that of DSM-IV 2. To identify the different uses of DSM-5’s ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes 3. To describe specific coding corrections that have occurred post-publication that clinicians should implement in patient care

How to Earn Credit

Participants in Transitioning to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections in the course outline including the evaluation. A multiple choice assessment is provided following the lectures. A passing score of 70% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate showing the date of completion and hours earned. APA provides a CME certificate for physicians and a certificate of participation for non-physicians. The credits claimed for completed online programs are automatically recorded in the participant transcript.


The APA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H. – Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests William E. Narrow, M.D., M.P.H. – Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests Emily A. Kuhl, Ph.D. – Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests Jennifer Shupinka – Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests Bea Eld – Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests There is no commercial support for this activity.

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