Health Literacy Innovations to Add 2,400 ICD-9 Codes to the Health Literacy Advisor, English & Spanish

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New Health Literacy Advisor Function to Help Simplify Consumer Health Information

Health Literacy Innovations, creators of the Health Literacy Advisor™, (English and Spanish HLA—Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™ ), today announces the addition of 2,400 ICD-9 codes to the Health Literacy Advisor.

The Health Literacy Advisor, an interactive software tool that helps to eliminate confusion from low health literacy, will now include ICD-9 CM codes, the system of assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures associated with hospital utilization and ICD-9 codes E and V codes, external causes of injury and supplemental classification. ICD (International Classification of Diseases) codes are numeric diagnostic codes given to every diagnosis, description of symptoms, and causes of death in humans.

This new feature, which will enable health care providers to easily insert ICD-9 CM, E, and V code definitions into explanation of benefits (EOBs), patient bills, claims and other health material, gives health care providers even greater simplicity and efficiency when creating consumer health information. An additional ICD code update to the Health Literacy Advisor, to include ICD-10 CM for diagnosis coding, is scheduled for October 2014.

For more information, contact info(at)healthliteracyinnovations(dot)com

About Health Literacy Innovations
Knowing that "literacy" is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. HLI's flagship product, the Health Literacy Advisor™ (in Spanish—Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™) is the nation's first, only, and most powerful health literacy software tool. As a "health literacy checker," the HLA streamlines the review and simplification process by allowing users to assess the readability of their documents and then fix it using plain language principles. The HLA applies nine well-known readability indices in English and six indices in Spanish and an interactive search-and-replace function to eliminate hard-to-read terms and phrases and medical jargon with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, a document "grade" with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy™ stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLA software apart from programs or readability indices alone. For more information, please visit or call 301-230-4966.

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