Clinical coding and classifications, sometimes called health classifications, group aspects of patient information and characteristics into categories based on established criteria, logic and conventions. These categories can then be used for a range of activities that underpin the delivery of health services. These activities include:

  • health service planning
  • patient quality and safety monitoring
  • development and ongoing maintenance/execution of funding models
  • research and epidemiology.

Clinical coding and classifications are used in the following service categories:

  • admitted care
  • subacute and non-acute care
  • non-admitted care
  • mental healthcare
  • emergency care.

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) undertakes reviews and updates of existing classifications and is also responsible for introducing new classifications for those service categories without an existing classification.

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Admitted care classifications

All Victorian hospitals use the following classifications to assign clinical codes to admitted episodes of care in hospitals.

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Victorian ICD Coding Committee

The Victorian ICD Coding Committee (VICC) is chaired by a health information manager of the Victorian Agency of Health Information. It is made up of qualified clinical coders selected by the Agency.

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Coding queries database

The ICD coding queries database supports the clinical coding function performed in Victoria by health information managers and clinical coders.

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Clinical coding and classifications education

The Eleventh Edition ACS 0002 Additional diagnoses and ACS 0010 Clinical documentation and abstraction guidelines education supports the consistent application of the Eleventh Edition changes to the Australian Coding Standards ACS 0002 and ACS 0010. The document has been updated to reflect changes to ACS 0002 published by IHPA in errata 3.

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Victorian additions to Australian Coding Standards

Victoria's additions to the Australian Coding Standards (ACS) supplement the advice in the ACS. The additions are reviewed each year and are effective as at 1 July each year.

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Clinical coding and classifications archive

Prior to the introduction of the VICC queries database, HDSS produced the ICD Coding Newsletter to support the coding function and provide education to Health Information Managers and Clinical Coders. The Newsletter ceased production in December 2006.

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