groupTony Kalathil Jose

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Scarcity in a coding workforce is not a new issue to health information service departments. This issue has been identified in the Coding workforce shortfall report (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2010) and also in the Health information workforce report (Health Workforce Australia, 2013). Common challenges in clinical coding recruitment have been identified as there being an ageing workforce, and commonly Clinical Coders (CCs) would like to work part-time (Health Workforce Australia, 2013). In addition to these issues, there is an increased need for clinical coding quality and efficiency to meet requirements for activity-based funding (ABF) as CCs spend significant time on quality projects such as clinician engagement meetings and query discussion forums. The introduction of electronic medical records has added an extra burden on CCs to review multiple systems to gather clinical information for the purposes of clinical coding.

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