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Clinical Coding

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected cost is of the clinical coding audit programme in 2007-08. (109611)

The Audit Commission estimated the annual cost of their recommendations for a clinical coding audit programme at £6.7 million per year. This is detailed in “Payment by Results assurance framework: Pilot results and recommendations” published by the Audit Commission on 7 December 2006, which is available in the Library. The Department is still discussing the final details of the scheme and its scope in 2007-08 with the Audit Commission and it is likely that the final costs will be lower than those contained in the report.