groupJennie Shepheard, Kerin Robinson, Catherine Muratore, Lisette Ramsden, Christopher Robey, Yvonne Seidel, Belinda Torney, Cassandra Jordan, Lyn Williams, Sally Richardson, Stephanie Gjorgioski

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In 1996, the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) released its Clinical Coder National Competency Standards and Assessment Guide (HIMAA 1996). Since then, this guide has been used by Clinical Coding Managers and Clinical Coding Educators to guide them in managing clinical coding teams. While some hospitals have since created their own competency or performance standards for internal use, the HIMAA guide has not been updated.

In March 2018, HIMAA released, for consultation, a set of Clinical Coder Competency Standards that had been developed by its Clinical Coder Competency Standards Working Group. During the period from May 2018 to September 2018, 19 submissions were received. Feedback revealed the proposed Clinical Coder Competency Standards were heavily skewed towards HIMAA’s Health Information Manager (HIM) Profession-entry Competency Standards (HIMAA 2017). These underpin the curricula of university degree courses in health information management and form a component of HIMAA’s educational standards for its external course accreditation of HIM-qualifying degrees. Completion of an accredited course is, in turn, pre-requisite for a graduate HIMs’ eligibility for full membership of HIMAA.

In short, there are inherent problems in linking the Clinical Coder Competency Standards to the HIM Profession-entry Competency Standards.


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