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AHA Advises Ways Providers Can Prepare for ICD-10 Human Trafficking Codes

New Codes take effect October 1

On October 1, clinicians and coding professionals should begin using new ICD-10 CM codes specific to human trafficking. The 29 new codes were released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

These include data collection on adult or child forced labor or sexual exploitation, either confirmed or suspected. Codes may be assigned in addition to other existing ICD-10-CM codes for abuse, neglect or other maltreatment.

In addition, new codes also are available for past history of sexual or labor exploitation, encounter for examination and observation of exploitation ruled out, and an external cause code to identify multiple, repeated, perpetrators of maltreatment and neglect.

In a recent release, the following three pieces of advice were offered to best utilize the new codes:

  • Both coding professionals and clinicians should review a patient's medical record to identify the appropriate ICD-10-CM codes to include. They should be aware of and begin utilizing codes for forced sexual exploitation and forced labor exploitation.
  • Help educate colleagues on the need to collect data on forced labor or sexual exploitation of individuals. Find free resources to educate your staff and community about human trafficking, as well as how providers can help victims of human trafficking, at aha.org.
  • On Oct. 1, begin using the new codes to help create another source of essential data collection to inform public policies and prevention efforts, as well as support the systemic development of an infrastructure for services and resources.

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