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Payment by Results data assurance framework

  • Last modified date:
    30 September 2011

Since 2007 the Audit Commission has provided an assurance programme which is designed to support the improvement of data quality in the NHS and ensure that the key data underpinning payments is accurate. The framework consists of:

  • an independent audit programme of inpatient and outpatient data covering all acute trusts in England;
  • the development of benchmarking indicators to target the local audits and for wider use by the NHS; and
  • national research and reporting on issues emerging from the audits and benchmarking analysis.

The results of the clinical coding audits are published annually in the summer. A national report compares the results from the previous year to assess whether data quality is improving. It also looks at whether acute trusts are addressing the factors that contributed to the coding errors previously identified.

National Benchmarker for the NHS

The National Benchmarker is a powerful online tool that allows NHS trusts to track key indicators and check their position against other trusts. The tool was originally developed as part of the PbR data assurance framework. It covers all acute NHS hospital trusts in England and is driven by a data warehouse containing over a billion records. It is the only national analysis containing HRG4 data.

The tool compares acute hospital activity data, clinical coding and Payment by Results related data with other organisations to flag up questions for concern, or for discussions about matters such as healthcare management, payments or data collection.

A tutorial video and user guide demonstrate how to navigate the tool and get the most out of the information available. Case studies also show how organisations have used the tool to improve the way they work.

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