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America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Joins the Coalition for ICD-10

Washington, D.C (April 22, 2014) – The Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, today announced the addition of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to its member roster. AHIP is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. AHIP’s members provide health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans.

The Coalition for ICD-10 is an alliance of hospitals, health plans, professional associations, hospital and physician office coding experts, vendors and the health information technology (HIT) community united in support of U.S. adoption of the ICD-10 coding standard. The Coalition for ICD-10 promotes the critical importance of ICD-10 to improving quality measurement, public health surveillance, clinical research, and healthcare payment through research, education, advocacy, and mobilization.

“The implementation of ICD-10 is a critical step on the path to a more sustainable health system for consumers,” AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said. “We look forward to working with all members of the Coalition to help advance this important transition.”

The ICD-10 coding standard is a long-overdue improvement to the current ICD-9 coding system. Used for reporting diagnoses by all healthcare providers and for hospital reporting of inpatient procedures, ICD-10 allows for more specific and accurate representation of current and future medical diagnoses and procedures than is possible with the 30-year-old ICD-9 codes.

In additional to AHIP, the Coalition for ICD-10 includes:

Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
American Hospital Association (AHA)
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
BlueCross BlueShield Association
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
Health IT Now Coalition
Healthcare Billing and Management Association (HBMA)
Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Siemens Health Services
3M Health Information Systems
WellPoint
Visit the Coalition for ICD-10 website to learn more.

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Mollie Houns
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