Gaming Disorder will be recognized in ICD-11

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In January 2018, WHO released a draft of their International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The WHO addressed this addiction for the first time in a condition known as “gaming disorder. Upon the actual release of ICD-11 on June 18, 2018, WHO officially listed gaming disorder under “Disorders due to addictive behaviors.”

The WHO states the condition of the gaming disorder as a person exhibiting the following behaviors:

  • Impaired control over gaming
  • Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities
  • Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences

The topic of gaming disorder and addiction is highly debated and widely diverse. It remains to be seen how clear the understanding will be accepted regarding doctors, insurances, and everything in between. As for us in the Medical Billing and Coding stratosphere, we will have to wait and see how this new classification impacts the billing process in the future.

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