Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AHIP Selects Deloitte as ICD-10 Training Provider for Health Insurance Plans

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has selected Deloitte to be a provider of subject matter experience, knowledge and training content related to ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010 compliance learning programs for the upcoming year. These regulations involve the coding system that doctors and hospitals use to code diagnoses and procedure information on medical claims and other fundamental health transactions.

The upgrade to ICD-10/HIPAA 5010 is a mandated regulatory change overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services. The health care industry must update the current ICD-9 coding system to comply with the new ICD-10 regulation, marking some of the largest and broad sweeping operational and technology impacts affecting the industry since Y2K.

"The leadership and international experience Deloitte has in this area made them a natural fit to provide training opportunities for health plans," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

"The United States currently lags behind other countries in upgrading to ICD-10, which is vital to facilitating virtually all financial aspects of the health care business, including claims and reimbursements," said John Bigalke, vice chairman and U.S. Health Sciences & Government Industry leader, Deloitte LLP. "AHIP has recognized the significance of this change for its members, and we are honored to provide the training support critical to help health insurance plans convert to ICD-10 by 2013."

Deloitte and AHIP will develop a co-branded series of webinars related to various ICD-10/HIPAA 5010 topics available to AHIP's member plans, which are designed to provide guidance, education and recommendations on ways to effectively cope with the potentially massive impacts to their operational and technical infrastructure.

David Biel, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP in its Health Sciences practice, leads Deloitte's ICD-10 service offering and will lead Deloitte's participation in the development of AHIP's ICD-10 training program, and can be reached at dbiel@deloitte.com. To register, please visit http://www.ahip.org/virtual/hipaaicd10/. The first session will be conducted on August 4th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

About AHIP

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association whose members provide health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. The major policy goal for our members is to expand access to high quality, affordable coverage to all Americans. We have developed innovative proposed solutions to promote universal coverage, raise the bar on quality, and make health care services more affordable. For more information, visit the Web site at www.ahip.org.

About Deloitte

As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte Consulting LLP and Deloitte Services LP, separate subsidiaries of Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

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