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Hospitals still fail to provide accurate records of the patients they treat

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6331 (Published 22 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6331
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Hospitals continue to make errors in clinical coding, which can cost them money and create further errors in monitoring systems that depend on accurate data. While most hospitals largely get these data right, one trust of the 50 audited by CHKS/Capita in 2013-14 got almost half of the codes wrong, a new report has shown.1

Failure to code accurately can result in hospitals being paid too little or too much, depending on the errors made. Over the sample as a whole these errors roughly balanced out, so no evidence suggested that codes were being deliberately inflated to boost a hospital’s income. One common error was to fail to code completely for comorbidities, which …

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