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  • 2018-19 CCAP/CCTP Training Schedule

    Published: January 2018

    The Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service is pleased to confirm that our full 2018-19 Training Schedule is now available on Delen.  Please access the Clinical Coding Auditor Programme and/or the Clinical Coding Trainer Programme for more information.

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    By Mandy Hudson 4 years ago

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  • Clinical Coding Trainer Programme (CCTP) Assessment Day - Wednesday 15th November

    Published: January 2018

    We are pleased to confirm that two candidates were successful in passing both the Practical and Theory papers and as a result will be invited to attend the Train the Trainer course which will be held in Leeds in March 2018.

    There were a total of seven candidates on the Assessment Day, with three candidates passing the Practical paper and four passing the Theory paper. All candidates passed the Presentation and Pre-prepared Flip Chart Activity part of the day.

    A Summary of Common Errors document relating to the Clinical Coding Trainer Programme Assessment Day held on 15th November 2017 is now available to view on our Delen website.

    An overview of the common errors made in both the Practical and Theory papers is provided along with explanations/rationales. Generic feedback is also given on the Presentation and Pre-Prepared Flip Chart Activity elements of the assessment day. You can access these within the Clinical Coding Trainer Programme area on Delen.

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    By Katy Park 4 years ago

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  • Query Resolution Database Update

    Published: January 2018

    The resolution to UID 2639 has been removed and replaced with UID 4431.

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    By Heather Douglas 4 years ago

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  • Proposal for the development of a primary procedure definition

    Published: January 2018

    At the beginning of the year we received a proposal from Nyk Tarr, Clinical Coding Trainer, for the development of a new primary procedure definition. To ensure we investigated this proposal in full, all members of the Terminology & Classifications Delivery Service with expertise in classifications were asked to review the proposal.

    The team members were asked to consider the proposed definition for a primary procedure as well as the background, rationale and the wider discussions held with clinical coding trainers. We further investigated potentially affected national clinical coding standards and current representation in international classifications such as the International Classification of Health Interventions Beta (ICHI) and the Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI).

    Team members were asked to consider the following:

    • Are there significant issues or discrepancies being experienced by the service around the assignment of the correct primary procedure?
    • How could the following criteria be defined and how would they be measured?
      • Main
      • Resource use
      • Complexity
      • Invasiveness
    • Will a new definition offer richer data analysis?

    We have received no previous correspondence from our stakeholders (the coding community, NHS England, NHS Improvements, the National Casemix Office, Hospital Episode Statistics) to indicate that there is an issue with assignment of the primary procedure.

    In most instances the primary procedure will be clearly identifiable within the medical record. However, it is not possible for us to produce a standard that could be applied consistently for all possible code combinations based on the suggested criteria for situations where the primary procedure is not clear. As OPCS-4 is primarily a statistical classification, if a procedure is recorded in the coded record it will be possible to identify it for counting purposes regardless of the sequence. From the Healthcare Resource Group (HRG) allocation perspective, the grouping logic within HRG grouper should select the dominant procedure based on the hierarchy value as defined by the National Casemix Office.

    We feel that the current standards and conventions available are sufficient and that coding departments should seek advice from their clinicians where there is uncertainty in selecting the primary procedure as they are best placed to define what should be deemed as the main procedure.

    We have therefore decided not to pursue this proposal. However, we welcome proposals of this nature and we encourage you to continue making suggestions for future improvement.

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    By Katy Park 4 years ago

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