Accurate coding in sepsis: clinical significance and financial implications.
J Hosp Infect. 2016 May 30;
Authors: Chin YT, Scattergood N, Thornber M, Thomas S
Sepsis is a major healthcare problem and leading cause of death worldwide. UK hospital mortality statistics and payments for patient episodes of care are calculated on clinical coding data. The accuracy of these data depends on the quality of coding. This study aimed to investigate whether patients with significant bacteraemia are coded for sepsis and to estimate the financial costs of miscoding. Of 54 patients over a one-month period with a significant bacteraemia, only 19% had been coded for sepsis. This is likely to lead to falsely high calculated hospital mortality. Furthermore, this resulted in an underpayment of £21,000 for one month alone.
PMID: 27318878 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]