Courses on clinical coding

Information on distance courses on medical terminology and ICD-10AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding.

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Health Information Management Association of Australia

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The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) offers distance-education courses in medical terminology and ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding. Listed below are the courses available to New Zealand candidates:

 

 

 

  • Comprehensive Medical Terminology
  • Challenge Examination in Medical Terminology
  • Introductory ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS 6th Edition Clinical Coding
  • Challenge Examination for Intermediate ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS
  • Intermediate ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS 6th Edition Clinical Coding
  • Challenge Examination for Advanced ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS
  • Advanced ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS 6th Edition Clinical Coding
  • Clinical Coder Certification

For further general information on the above courses visit the HIMAA website or contact:

HIMAA Education Services
Australia
Email: education@himaa.org.au
Phone: +61 2 9887 5898

Ministry of Health
Email: coding_helpdesk@moh.govt.nz

Course assessment and examination requirements for New Zealand Conventions

The table below provides a summary of the current New Zealand Conventions and the clinical coding requirements for New Zealand students undertaking HIMAA ICD-10-AM clinical coding courses.

Just three New Zealand Conventions impact on course assessments and examinations. These are highlighted in the table.

In the HIMAA Course Requirements section of the table where it states ‘however, they will be marked as an optional code for NZ students if included in assessments and examinations’, you will not be marked correct or incorrect, therefore you will not gain or lose any marks if the code(s) for the specific New Zealand Convention is assigned.

To view the full information on the New Zealand Conventions go to New Zealand clinical coding conventions.

Australian Coding Standard (ACS) New Zealand Convention (NZC) HIMAA Course Requirements
Reporting Total Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Hours to the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Updated October 2009
In New Zealand there is a requirement to capture Total Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Hours for events with an event end date on or after 1 July 2008. There is no requirement to calculate and report Total ICU Hours for HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 0029
Coding of Contracted Procedures
Updated October 2009
In New Zealand only one hospital is to record and code the treatment provided under the contract arrangement and report to the National Minimum Dataset (NMDS). This convention has no impact on HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 0032
Allied Health Intervention
There is no mandatory requirement in New Zealand to report Allied Health Interventions to the NMDS. Procedure codes for Allied Health Interventions are required to be assigned for all HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 0048
Condition Onset Flag
Updated August 2012
Implemented 1 July 2012. Prior to this New Zealand did not adopt ACS 0048 Condition Onset Flag as part of the 1 July 2008 ICD-10-AM 6th edition upgrade. There is no requirement to capture the Condition Onset Flag values for HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 0233
Morphology
Reporting morphology to the NMDS is not a mandatory requirement in New Zealand. Morphology codes are required to be assigned for all HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 0401 Diabetes Mellitus and Impaired Glucose Regulation Updated September 2012

 

As of 1 July 2012 New Zealand adopted Rule 1 as an erratum to the 6th Edition coding standard. Rule 1 - DM and IGR should always be coded when documented. HIMAA students are expected to follow the existing 6th Edition standard for ACS 0401.
ACS 0503
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use Disorders
Counselling for tobacco use disorder - Amended October 2009
This New Zealand convention is related to the mandatory reporting requirements aligned to the 2009 Health Target ‘better help for smokers to quit’. The ICD-10-AM code Z71.6 Counselling for tobacco use disorder is not required for HIMAA assessments and examinations. However, it will be marked as an optional code for NZ students if included in assessments and examinations.
ACS 0503
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use Disorders
Exposure to tobacco smoke
New October 2009
This New Zealand convention is related to the reporting requirements for exposure to tobacco smoke. The ICD-10-AM code Z58.7 Exposure to tobacco smoke is not required for HIMAA assessments and examinations. However, it will be marked as an optional code for NZ students if included in assessments and examinations.
ACS 1006
Ventilatory Support
Updated October 2009
In New Zealand there is a requirement to capture and report Total Hours of Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV) and Continuous Ventilatory Support (CVS) to the NMDS. There is no requirement to calculate and report Total Hours of NIV and CVS separately for HIMAA assessments and examinations.
ACS 1505
Single Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
In New Zealand the intervention code
90467-00 [1336] Spontaneous vertex delivery must be assigned for all cases of normal vaginal delivery.
The ACHI code 90467-00 [1336] Spontaneous vertex delivery is not required for HIMAA assessments and examinations. However, it will be marked as an optional code for NZ students if included in assessments and examinations.
ACS 1904
Procedural Complications
Effective 1 October 2009
This New Zealand convention is an amendment on ACS 1904 Procedural Complications with regard to the code selection of principal diagnosis for ‘misadventure’ and ‘postprocedural complications’. HIMAA students are required to follow ACS 1904 Procedural Complications and the ICD-10-AM alphabetical index for all HIMAA assessments and examinations when assigning codes for procedural complications.
ACS 2001
External Cause Code Use and Sequencing

ACS 0026
Admission for Clinical Trial, Drug Challenge or Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Z03.6 Observation for suspected toxic effect from ingested substance requires the assignment of external causes to identify the specific substance. This is a mandatory requirement in New Zealand as specified in the NMDS Data Dictionary. External cause, place of occurrence and activity codes are not required in addition to the ICD-10-AM code Z03.6 for HIMAA assessments and examinations.
However, they will be marked as an optional code for NZ students if included in assessments and examinations.

Auckland University of Technology

AUT University logo. The Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand, offers a distance-learning short course in Medical Terminology.

For further information about the course and enrolment dates visit the AUT website.


La Trobe University

La Trobe University logo. La Trobe University, Australia, offers a distance-education short course in Clinical Coding Auditing.

The course is designed to develop skills in auditing of coded data, analysing and reporting on audit outcomes, and developing strategies for dealing with these.

For further information about the course and enrolment date visit the La Trobe University website.