American Psychiatric Association (APA) launches new pages for DSM-5 – DSM-5 to cost $199
by Suzy Chapman
January 29, 2013
Unless you’ve had your head stuck in a bucket this last three years, you’ll be aware that the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual is slated for release this May. APA has spent $25 million on the development of DSM-5. It will be published by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. and is planned for release at the APA’s 166th Annual Meeting in San Francisco (May 18-22). A hardback copy of DSM-5 is going to set you back $199, though paid up members of the American Psychiatric Association are being offered a discount.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, primary health care physicians, therapists, counselors, social workers and allied health professionals don’t have to use DSM-5. Instead, they can use Chapter 5 of ICD-9-CM (Mental Disorders) and Chapter 5 of ICD-10-CM (Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders), when ICD-10-CM is implemented*.
*Effective implementation date for ICD-10-CM (and ICD-10-PCS) is currently October 1, 2014. Until that time the codes in ICD-10-CM are not valid for any purpose or use.
Since 2003, ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes have been mandated for third-party billing and reporting by HIPAA for all electronic transactions for billing and reimbursement. The codes in DSM are crosswalked to ICD codes. So you can use ICD-9-CM. And when ICD-10-CM is implemented, it isn’t going to cost you a cent – it will be freely available on the internet. The ICD-10-CM draft, currently subject to partial code freeze, and its associated documentation can be accessed here on the CDC site; so you can already have a poke around:
On January 23, Allen Frances, MD, who had oversight of the Task Force that developed DSM-IV had this to say about the $199 manual: