groupVera Dimitropoulos, Nina Lean, Kerryn Butler-Henderson and Jennie Shepheard

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This article follows on from the article published in HIM Interchange, Volume 9, Number 1, 2019, titled ‘Supporting Clinical Coders: future proofing the integrity of our clinically coded data’. As discussed in the previous article, activity-based funding (ABF) is evidenced to have professional practice implications for all individuals working within the Clinical Coder (CC) workforce. Responses to the survey analysed and reported on in the previous article suggest that there is some evidence to support the concern that reactive instead of strategic responses, from those of influence in the health sector, have placed unacceptable pressures on CCs, with a focus on quantity rather than quality clinical coding outcomes, at times to the detriment of clinically coded data integrity (Dimitropoulos et al., 2019).


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