Coding Workforce – New Strategy required. Prepared by Wendy Loomes eMR Program Director, Clinical Informatics Information Management and Technology, Northern Sydney and Central Coast Local Health Districts September, 2011. Acknowledgments.
Prepared by Wendy LoomeseMR Program Director, Clinical InformaticsInformation Management and Technology,
Northern Sydney and Central Coast Local Health Districts
New Block Method
Material delivered as modules
3 funded trainee Coders come to IM&T at Macquarie Hospital every 2 weeks for a 4 hour session with coding educator
Trainee coders have an experienced coder onsite “buddy”
Development of a large amount of teaching materials for the in-house trainee program
Off week is a review week
The coding workforce model aims to place the local health district in a position where it is able to retain and attract skilled clinical coders that will support a cohesive and well structured coding workforce. This will in turn enable the LHD to meet its coding reporting targets and support Activity Based Funding (ABF).
* Two dedicated trainee positions are advertised for candidates interested in becoming clinical coders.
* Appointed as Coding Trainees at Administration Officer Grade 3 for a 12 month period and are funded by CCLHD to undertake the Introduction to Clinical Coding education at HIMAA or OTEN.
* During their traineeship they will be mentored by the coding team and coding manager
* On successful completion of the HIMAA or OTEN course, the candidates will be regraded as Coders at an Administration Officer Grade 4 within their current positions (ie without having to sit another interview).
* Recruitment to vacant positions would remain based upon the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity.