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When there is a new edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) and Australian Coding Standards(ACS) scheduled for implementation, is there anything else you need to do except complete the Australian Consortium of Classification Development (ACCD) online education and wait for the 1 July discharges? While completing the online education is an important step in the process there is more to do, especially if you have a large health service that is geographically dispersed. To ensure a smooth transition from one edition to another, someone senior in the clinical coding service needs to have read and understood the changes to create an implementation plan and be a source of reference for those with questions. The following is an insight into the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) experience with implementing Tenth Edition. The SCHHS consists of five public facilities ranging in bed capacity from 24 to 507 beds. We run a health service-wide clinical coding service with the bulk of the team located at Nambour General Hospital and the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Our clinical coding team currently has 30 people and is continuing to grow.

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