Investment in clinical coding now critical
NHS trusts must urgently invest in the financial and performance management and supporting information systems, the Audit Commission says in its new report on the early lessons from Payment by Results (PbR). The report, ‘Early lessons from payment by results’, says it is vital that trusts have good quality information systems and data. "Good information systems […]
Daloni Carlisle reports on how the often neglected discipline of clinical coding is becoming vital to the financial health of NHS trusts, and highlights the spread of ‘upcoding’.
National data quality review called for
The NHS needs a national overview of data quality and coding integrity as the Payment by Results regime gathers pace, the NHS Confederation is set to argue. A discussion paper to be sent out to members of the confederation – which represents 92 per cent of NHS organisations in the UK – argues that the […]
Solving the maze
Gerry Yantis and Nikolai Segora from Capgemini argue for greater integration between IT programmes in primary care.
Results may vary
Geoff Bick, director of product development at data analysis software firm CHKS, shows how wide variations in hospitals’ approach to data management present challenges for Payment by Results.