Coding for depression

Key coding considerations when treating patients with depression

Treating depression requires understanding the possible diagnosis codes. Please see the table at right for a selection of available codes.

Note: Although you must report a diagnosis code on the claim, Medicare does not require a specific diagnosis code for screening for depression in adults. Use Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code G0444 to report an annual, 15-minute depression screening for Medicare patients.

-Coding tables by Renee Dowling

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