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Company denies that its coding advice is aimed at improving mortality data

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1488 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1488
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The health analytics company CHKS has denied that it sought to help hospitals improve their mortality figures by advising changes in coding practices.

The charge was implied in evidence given to the public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by Brian Jarman, director of the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College London, who presented as part of his evidence a press release from CHKS dated 11 December 2008.

In it CHKS recorded that advice it had given to Medway NHS Foundation Trust about coding hospital care at the end of life …

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