Clinical coding and activity-based funding explained

The NSW branch of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is holding an educational session in Sydney next month on activity-based funding and clinical coding.

Ric Marshall, executive director of ABF systems with the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) and former manager of the casemix unit at NSW Health, will describe the basics of ABF, which was introduced as part of the government's national health reform agreement.

Under the system, the Australian refined diagnosis-related groups (AR-DRG) classification will be used to define and count acute admitted patient ‘activity’.

Other ABF classifications are being developed by the IHPA for the purposes of classifying other activities.

Cassandra Jordan, health information manager with the Jewish Wolper Hospital in Woollahra, will discuss the basics and benefits of using DRG codes and ICD-10-AM – International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification – in health informatics.

Registrations are now open.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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