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    Default Severe Depression

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    Please tell me the ICD9 for severe depression. Thank you

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    Default Depression

    I would use 311 ... or the appropriate code 296.20 - 296.24, if you know the episode and degree.

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    Default severe depression

    I have the same question, the degree is severe, but it doesn't state major, just severe depression, so do we go with 311?

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    Columbia, MO


    311 is the vide for depressive disorder which is TRUELY not the same as depression. I would query the provider as to whether the patient has a depressive disorder or is the patient profoundly unhappy, so as to use a code for demoralization and apathy... Or in ICD-10CM unhappiness?

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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