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Coding causes of death to statistical categories

Key steps in improving mortality coding

The key actions needed to address some of the common problems encountered with mortality coding are:

  • Develop a basic roadmap for improving coding practices
  • Standardise training programs, certify trainers and coders and offer attractive career opportunities
  • Increase in-service refresher training opportunities for coders
  • Introduce automated mortality coding tools
  • Conduct regular coding-quality assessments
  • Centralise mortality coding
  • Improve medical certification of COD.

These actions are discussed in more detail in the following sections.

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