This unit describes the skills and knowledge to identify the roles and responsibilities of a clinical coder, current clinical coding classifications and the ways in which coding data is used.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - determine the impact of national and jurisdictional policies on clinical coding work; - understand the impact of incorrect, incomplete and outdated coding on the ways in which clinical coding is primarily used; - literacy skills to read and comprehend current International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Australian Classifications of Health Interventions and Australian Coding Standards, and; - digital literacy and technology skills to access and identify the legislative and regulatory framework.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - privacy and confidentiality legislation to enable analysis of its impact on clinical coding and the use of patient information.

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