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Morbidity coding in Australia. Sue Walker. Morbidity coding in Australia. Performed in all hospitals and day surgery centres for inpatients only No outpatient and emergency department coding is performed routinely … yet!

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morbidity coding in australia2
Morbidity coding in Australia
  • Performed in all hospitals and day surgery centres for inpatients only
  • No outpatient and emergency department coding is performed routinely … yet!
  • All separations are coded using the full medical record as the source document for abstraction
  • Coding is done using the ICD-10-AM (currently Fifth edition, Sixth to be implemented in July 2008)
morbidity coding education in australia
Morbidity coding education in Australia

For new coders:

Face to face:

  • HIM programs in four universities
  • Short courses run by health departments

Distance education:

  • Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)
  • Open Training and Education Network (OTEN)
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Morbidity coding education in Australia

For existing coders and users of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS in Australia and internationally:

NCCH offers:

  • Update education for each ICD-10-AM/ACHI-ACS edition
  • Annual coding workshops
  • Biannual coding conference

For new ICD-10 users, NCCH offers short and customised coding courses face to face

himaa s role
HIMAA’s role

HIMAA Education Services offers

  • comprehensive medical terminology
  • introductory, intermediate and advanced coding
  • customised educational programs
  • Clinical Coder Certification
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Clinical Coder Certification (CCC)
  • minimum of 4 year's clinical coding experience in a hospital environment with a varied, complex casemix
  • Part 1 - completion of six coding assignments - 60% of assessment(Note: successful completion of the Advanced coding course is equivalent to Part 1 of CCC)
  • Part 2 - two-hour examination paper consisting of handwritten medical records - 40% of assessment
  • Pass mark for CCC is an aggregate of 80%. Must pass part I to be eligible for Part 2.