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The Healthcare Leadership Council Joins the Coalition for ICD-10

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of health care chief executives from all disciplines within the US health care industry, is the latest organization to join the Coalition for ICD-10 and advocate for US adoption of the ICD-10 coding standard in 2015. The Coalition for ICD-10 promotes the critical importance of ICD-10 to improving quality measurement, public health surveillance, clinical research, and health care payment through research, education, and advocacy.

Representing some of the largest and most influential health care organizations in the country, HLC provides an exclusive forum for health leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs that achieve a vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans. HLC works to provide access to health coverage for the uninsured, accelerate the growth of HIT, reform health care payment systems, promote quality improvement, advance patient safety, address workforce challenges, reform medical liability, and improve care through patient information sharing while also protecting patient confidentiality.

"HLC is pleased to join our respected partners in this coalition as a way to further support the adoption of ICD-10," says Mary Grealy, HLC president. "Delays are increasing the cost of implementation and hindering the health care system from moving forward. In this age of Big Data and data analytics, and an increased push for quality and efficiency, the use of codes with greater specificity is more important than ever.  This is a necessary transition that aligns with the vision we have for the future of US health care."

In addition to HLC, the Coalition for ICD-10 membership includes the following:

• Advanced Medical Technology Association;

• Altegra Health;


• American Hospital Association;

• American Medical Billing Association;


• America's Health Insurance Plans;

• BlueCross BlueShield Association;

• College of Healthcare Information Management Executives;

• Healthcare Financial Management Association;

• Health IT Now Coalition;

• Leidos Health;

• Medical Device Manufacturers Association;

• Medtronic;

• Premier, Inc;

• Professional Association of Health Care Office Management;

• Roche Diagnostics Corporation;

• Siemens Health Services;

• 3M Health Information Systems; and

• WellPoint.

Source: Coalition for ICD-10