at the risk of someone telling me it is obvious, I understand we are to be using new start and end codes and that these have to be in place from April 07. I understand the IT systems ( I know of several in use) are unlikely to be up and running in time.
1. Does anyone know what they will be
2. Anyone got a completely usable paper system ( that I can claim for ) if all else fails !
Post by Patrick Torsney on Jan 18, 2007 9:44:49 GMT
Yes, you are correct that the LSC is revising the SPAN reporting system (see previous News item issued on the forum on December 11th: "Code confusion: SPAN overhaul" for an explanation why)
The changes were communicated, as you say, to the software suppliers in December 2006 and the current LSC intention is that they will be communicated to suppliers before the end of March 2007 when final guidance on how to use the codes has been completed
From what I gather, and given the importance of getting the codes correct, the LSC is going to issue category specific guidance on the new start and end-point codes i.e. which code should be used when and also, transitional guidance on which cases should be reported under the old set of codes and which cases come under the new codes
Hopefully, this will be communicated sooner rather than later and I agree that the revisions will be challenging for many of the software suppliers out there - given the timescales involved - who will have to adapt their respective systems
If you are concerned whether the new codes will be supported in time by whoever supplies your software then I would suggest contacting this supplier and/or your advice network to check this out and find out what their position is
As soon as more becomes clear I will update everyone here on the forum