The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics has released the first ICD-10-CM codes for classifying human trafficking abuse, as urged by the AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative. The 29 human trafficking-related codes were included in the ICD-10-CM updates for fiscal year 2019. AHA’s Central Office on ICD-10, which publishes Coding Clinic, proposed the change in collaboration with Catholic Health Initiatives and Massachusetts General Hospital's Human Trafficking Initiative, along with the support of other member health systems. AHA will provide additional resources in the coming weeks to help medical professionals and coders detect and report victims of human trafficking. For more information on combating human trafficking, visit https://www.aha.org/combating-human-trafficking.

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