ACT Health looking for remote clinical coders

The ACT government has come up with over a million dollars to pay for outsourced clinical coding services as a supplement to its in-house coding team at Canberra Hospital as workforce shortages continue to hinder its attempts to provide mandatory data in a timely manner.

ACT Health has issued a tender for two years' worth of remote clinical coding services with an option for a 12-month extension at $400,000 per annum, with the contract due to start on July 1.

The tender documents say that ACT Health has hired external clinical coders on short-term contracts with increasing frequency over the years in order to meet the timeframes for submitting mandatory admitted patient data to the AIHW and the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

“With the chronic shortage of qualified and experienced clinical coders in the ACT and increased hospital activity,” the tender says, “there is an on-going requirement to supplement in-house clinical coding teams with external resources on a more regular basis.”

It is looking for at least two remote clinical coding suppliers to code inpatient episodes. They will need to be familiar with Canberra Hospital's scanned medical record – known internally as the Clinical Record Information System (CRIS), which is being replaced by the Clinical Patient Folder from InfoMedix – and the iPM patient administration system from CSC, known internally as ACTPAS.

They also need to know how to complete cancer registration in ACTPAS, access the clinical information system for pathology results, and use 3M Encoder to allocate relevant ICD-10-AM codes and diagnosis-related groups. Coders will be provided with remote access to the hospital's systems through a Citrix token.

Canberra Hospital has a full tertiary hospital case mix, with over 40 clinical specialties.

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