Clinical Coding Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to develop a new entry level Clinical Coding qualification and eight new Clinical Coding Units of Competency and to update three existing Clinical Coding Units of Competency to ensure that entry-level clinical coders have access to appropriate skills and knowledge, in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.
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The aim of the proposed development and update will ensure that the clinical coding workforce is equipped with the holistic skills and knowledge required to perform an entry-level clinical coder job role in a health setting in any jurisdiction. The proposed new qualification will create a consistent standard of practice for clinical coders.

The following key areas have been considered during the Training Package development and update process:

  • Clinical knowledge – medical science, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Health system knowledge – relevant to understanding the role of a clinical coder
  • Coding knowledge – use of the classifications, coding standards, conventions and guidelines
  • How coded data is used
  • Accessing and abstracting clinical information from medical records
  • Analysing and interpreting digital and paper medical records relevant to clinical coding
  • Knowledge of health funding models
  • Privacy and confidentiality, applying principles of privacy and ethics applicable to clinical coding
  • The role of a clinical coder, including participating in audits.
  • To inform the development of a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification and the update of three Clinical Coding units of competency, a Clinical Coding Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia was formed. Formation of the TAC informed the identification and validation of the exact nature of the skills needs and knowledge requirements in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

    As a result, the following developments have been proposed:

    • The development of a new entry-level Clinical Coding qualification:
                  o Diploma of Clinical Coding
    • The Diploma of Clinical Coding comprises the following nine core units of competency:
                  o HLTCCD001 Work effectively in a clinical coding setting
                  o HLTCCD002 Interpret and navigate health records
                  o HLTCCD003 Use medical terminology in health care
                  o HLTCCD004 Establish knowledge of anatomy and physiology in a healthcare setting
                  o HLTCCD005 Apply principles of privacy and confidentiality in health care
                  o HLTCCD006 Abstract information for clinical coding
                  o HLTCCD007 Undertake basic clinical coding
                  o HLTCCD008 Undertake moderately complex clinical coding
                  o HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • The following eight new Units of Competency have been developed to address the key skills and knowledge required by an entry-level clinical coder job role:
                  o HLTCCD001 Work effectively in a clinical coding setting
                  o HLTCCD002 Interpret and navigate health records
                  o HLTCCD003 Use medical terminology in health care
                  o HLTCCD004 Establish knowledge of anatomy and physiology in a healthcare setting
                  o HLTCCD005 Apply principles of privacy and confidentiality in health care
                  o HLTCCD006 Abstract information for clinical coding
                  o HLTCCD010 Undertake a clinical coding audit
                  o HLTCCD011 Analyse and report for clinical coding auditing
    • The following three Clinical Coding Units of Competency have been updated in terms of content and Unit codes:
                  o HLTADM005 Produce coded clinical data
                  (to be superseded by HLTCCD007 Undertake basic clinical coding)
                  o HLTADM006 Undertake complex clinical coding
                  (to be superseded by HLTCCD008 Undertake moderately complex clinical coding)
                  o HLTADM007 Complete highly complex clinical coding
                  (to be superseded by HLTCCD009 Undertake highly complex clinical coding)
    • A new skill set, Clinical Coding Auditor Skill Set, has been developed for experienced clinical coders seeking to broaden their skills to include clinical coding auditing.
    • The Skill Set comprises the following units:
                  o HLTCCD009 Undertake highly complex clinical coding
                  o HLTCCD010 Undertake a clinical coding audit
                  o HLTCCD011 Analyse and report for clinical coding auditing

    To take forward Training Package Product development work, the Clinical Coding TAC and Technicians Support Services IRC will subsequently review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of consultation.

    Consultation Activities and Timelines

    National consultation on Draft 1 will occur from 4 November and will close at 5.00pm on 2 December. During this period input will be sought on the new draft qualification, eight new Units of Competency, three updated existing Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements. A Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products is available for download at the bottom of this page.

    During this time SkillsIQ will be meeting with industry stakeholders, employers and subject matter experts (SMEs). If you have expertise in these areas and would like to meet with SkillsIQ, please contact Devika Mudaliar via devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or via phone at (02) 9392 8100.

    Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

    To remain up to date with project developments, please subscribe to SkillsIQ’s mailing list at https://www.skillsiq.com.au/Subscribetoournewsletter.aspx.

    Consultation Activities: Round 1

    A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page. Please click on the links below to register for a workshop or webinar.

    Workshops:

    City                     Date                                                      Time

    Perth                  Wednesday, 13 November 2019       12.00pm–2:00pm - closed
    Adelaide             Friday, 15 November 2019                12.00pm–2:00pm - closed
    Melbourne         Monday, 18 November 2019            12.00pm–2:00pm - closed
    Canberra            Tuesday, 19 November 2019            12.00pm–2:00pm - closed
    Hobart                Friday, 22 November 2019                11.30pm–1:30pm - cancelled
    Darwin                Monday, 25 November 2019            12.00pm–2:00pm
    Brisbane             Wednesday, 27 November 2019      12.00pm–2:00pm
    Sydney                Thursday, 28 November 2019          12.00pm–2:00pm

    Webinars:

    Date                                                                  Time

    Webinar 1: Monday, 11 November 2019    11.00am–12:00pm - closed
    Webinar 2: Friday, 29 November 2019        11.30am–12:30pm


    For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.

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Clinical Coding Draft 1 Consultation Guide

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GLENDA WYATT 19.11.2019

"Agree"

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GLENDA WYATT 19.11.2019

"Agree"

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GLENDA WYATT 19.11.2019

"I agree with the comments already listed. At what point are AR-DRGs learnt in the course? I also think that coding of 5 "moderately complex" cases for each body system is not enough."

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Sharon Linton 19.11.2019

"Coders use both skills everyday when writing coding query letters and in one-on-one discussions with clinicians."

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GLENDA WYATT 19.11.2019

"I also feel that coding of 5 records for each body system is not enough"

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HLTCCD007 Undertake basic clinical coding Draft 1

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