Diagnostic Codes (ICD9-CM)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: PHS Clinical Practice Guideline

When clinicians provide treatment to patients dependent upon tobacco, the following diagnostic codes can be used. They can be found in the ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification) coding manual under the section on Mental Disorders (290-319).

305.1 Tobacco Use Disorder

Cases in which tobacco is used to the detriment of a person's health or social functioning or in which there is tobacco dependence. Dependence is included here rather than under drug dependence because tobacco differs from other drugs of dependence in its psychotropic effect. Tobacco Dependence—See Tobacco Use Disorder above Excludes: History of tobacco use (V15.82)

V15.82 History of Tobacco Use

Excludes: Tobacco dependence (305.1)

Billing Codes

A number of billing codes are available in the PHS guideline and may be used for reimbursement of the provision of tobacco dependence treatment. The examples provided fall under the general categories of preventive medicine treatments and psychiatric therapeutic procedures.

Page last reviewed December 2012
Internet Citation: Diagnostic Codes (ICD9-CM). Content last updated December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/codes.html