Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel
The first ICD-10 codes for classifying human trafficking abuse were released in June 2018 and now enable clinicians to classify a diagnosis for victims of trafficking and plan for appropriate treatment. The new ICD-10 codes, which will take effect in October, will help providers identify and assist victims of trafficking and coders translate that information into data that will provide greater insight into the problem. Guidance on documenting and coding human trafficking will be available on the AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence human trafficking website later this month.
Through this Hospital’s Against Violence Initiative, Hospitals are encouraged to take a leadership role in identifying victims and raising awareness about the issue. There is still time to register for the Arizona conference, “Health Care Response to Human Trafficking” August 6-7 in Mesa.