CDI Issues Related to ICD-10-CM Mental & Behavioral Health Codes

This webinar will focus on the clinical documentation issues related to the ICD-10-CM mental and behavioral health codes. Topics will include substance use induced disorders, dementia, delirium, encephalopathy, psychoses, mood disorders, schizophrenia, autism spectrum, posttraumatic stress syndrome and other stress and anxiety disorders. The presenter will review the codes and the documentation needed to assign specific codes, and provide example physician queries to assist in obtaining the needed documentation. The impact that the codes have on severity of illness scores and MS-DRG assignment for non-psychiatric, as well as psychiatric patients will also be discussed.

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Original presentation date

March 17, 2016

Viewing the recording does not constitute eligibility to receive a CE. Only attendees of the live event are eligible to receive a CE Certificate.

Learning objectives

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize pertinent documentation details required to assign specific ICD-10-CM codes for common substance use and mental disorders.
  • Formulate compliant and effective physician queries to assist in obtaining needed substance use and mental disorder documentation.
  • Assess the impact that different substance use and mental disorder codes have on severity of illness scores and MS-DRG assignment.


Susan Schmitz, JD, RN, CCS, CCDS, CDI-P
Susan Schmitz is a subject matter expert and peer reviewer for Elsevier’s CDI content. Susan is a highly-skilled professional with a solid, extensive clinical background holding a variety of clinical management positions as well as CDI roles. She has done CDI consulting for Navigant, Accretive Health, and most recently with JA Thomas. She has been involved with reassessing, implementing and managing CDI Programs at numerous prestigious hospitals and health systems across the US including Long Island Jewish, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Poudre Valley Health System, (currently University of Colorado Health System), UCLA, Hoag Memorial Health System in Newport Beach, CA, and most currently at Kaiser Health System in Pasadena, California.

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