Cardiology Coding: Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Published On: June 24, 2024|

Cardiology Coding: automation enables Leeds Teaching Hospitals to generate over £700k of in-year income.

After recognising that coding was not being recorded in the Trust’s PAS following pacemaker checks, Leeds Teaching turned to automation to bridge the gap.

Transforming Pacemaker Coding:

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Trust Name:
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Process Name:
Cardiology Coding

  • Challenge

    The clinical team keep the Trust’s dedicated Cardio-Respiratory EPR updated with all episodes of care that are carried out, however, this system is not connected to the Trust’s Patient Administration System (PAS). Following a move to Payment by Results, it is imperative that the PAS is regularly updated with all OPCS codes in order to receive payments due from the commissioners.

  • Solution

    Starting with outpatient cardiovascular appointments involving pacemaker checks, Leeds Teaching has implemented an automation that ensures the PAS is accurately and promptly updated with OPCS codes.

  • The benefits delivered with Intelligent Automation

Increase Efficiency

Significantly Increased Income

Elevated Patient Care

Operational Standardisation

Improved Quality and Quantity of Codes Recorded

Reduces Clinical Risk

Enhanced Compliance and Reporting

Enhanced Interoperability Between Systems

Highly Replicable Automation

Phil Durkin – Clinical Service Manager (Invasive Cardiac Physiology), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

“Using automation in collaboration with our income team is allowing us to bring about tangible financial gains for the Trust, which is crucial given the waste reduction targets that all NHS Trusts are facing.”

Automating the transfer of clinical codes is a highly replicable process that can be rolled out right across the Trust

Having already generated a substantial amount of income by automating this process, Leeds Teaching plans to roll the solution out across other areas in the Trust. Another area that has already been identified is within Radiotherapy, where 1,000 light therapy appointments take place every month, and each of these appointments attract £350.

The Trust anticipates that once this automation has been expanded to Dental, Ophthalmology, Maternity, Radiotherapy, and Radiology, it will lead to an in-year income generation of over £6m.

Rob Child – Programme Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

“The e18 Innovation team continue to support us with all aspects of our automation programme. We are currently working with them to create a formal automation strategy for the Trust, which we are excited will take our automation programme to the next level.”

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