Payment by results and coding practice in the National Health Service. The importance for orthopaedic surgeons

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007 Nov;89(11):1427-30. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.89B11.19609.


This paper considers the new financial infrastructure of the National Health Service and provides a resource for orthopaedic surgeons. We describe the importance of accurate documentation and data collection for National Health Service hospital Trust finances and league tables, and support our discussion with examples drawn from our local audit work.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups
  • Fee Schedules
  • Female
  • Financial Management, Hospital / economics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • National Health Programs / economics*
  • National Health Programs / organization & administration
  • Orthopedics / economics*
  • Prospective Payment System
  • United Kingdom