Health Information Management

Establish inpatient coder productivity benchmarks

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 21, 2009

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Although there are no national productivity standards, it is possible to establish standards within your facility by looking at how you stack up against other hospitals. To start, use the following statistics for inpatient records coded per hour gleaned from HCPro’s April 2009 coder productivity benchmark survey:

  • Fewer than 3: 12%
  • 3: 29%
  • 3.5–3.75: 14%
  • 4: 10%
  • Greater than 4: 6%
  • Not applicable (we don’t have a standard): 15%
  • Not applicable (we don’t code this record type): 14%

To learn more about the results of HCPro’s benchmark survey, tune in to the August 18 audio conference, "Benchmark Coder Productivity to Improve Efficiency and Justify FTEs." When you sign up for this audio, you’ll receive a FREE 16-page special report that drills down into selected survey results.

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