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ICD-10 change allows healthcare providers to actually track human trafficking

October 08, 2018 / Tina Reed

It wouldn't surprise most health providers to know they've likely interacted with a victim of human trafficking. Research has shown healthcare providers are often among the first or only points of contact for trafficked individuals. But how does healthcare even track the problem to begin getting a handle on how to address it? There really hasn't been away, said Mindy Hatton, AHA's general counsel.  "We can tell you how many people last year was bitten on the left arm by a shark. But we couldn’t tell you whether or not a victim of human trafficking came into one our facilities," Hatton said. "There’s just something fundamentally wrong with a coding system where you can’t capture that kind of important information."