Audit Commission Says NHS May Have Charged £1 Billion Incorrectly Due To Poor Data

The Managing Director of Health at the Audit Commission, Andy McKeon, said that “It\’s reassuring that the NHS is getting better at clinical coding. Efficiency is more important than ever and accurate clinical coding under payment by results will contribute to better data, better decisions and better outcomes for patients. But the variation in error rates from trust to trust is a concern. There are clear ways in which trusts can improve and we\’ll be focusing our 2010/11 clinical coding audits on the trusts that most need help.”

A Department of Health spokesperson said: \”Despite continued improvements in the accuracy of coding in the NHS, there is room for further improvement. The NHS needs to make £15-20bn of efficiency savings by 2014 – reducing payment by results coding errors will make sure that trusts receive appropriate payment for the treatments they provide, and will help contribute towards greater efficiency.\”

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