Report: The quality of Clinical Coding in the NHS

An independent report looking into the quality of clinical coding in the NHS has found substantial differences in coding standards across NHS providers. Whilst the error rates in clinical coding in some trusts were as low as 1.1 per cent, others experienced error rates of up to 45.8 per cent.

The primary cause of coder errors was found to be the quality of source documentation. This is something that NHS providers need to address. However, this was compounded by coding departments suffering from extremely tight deadlines; vacant posts; and inexperienced staff.

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