The National Department of Health now requires that phase 3 and 4.1 of ICD-10 be fully implemented by 1 January 2014 and will not allow any exceptions. For an explanation of the ICD-10 phases visit SAMA’s website.
Funders of healthcare have been requested to send warning messages from 1 June 2013 to 31 December 2013 to doctors, informing them that phases 3 and 4.1 will be implemented on 1 January 2014
Failure to use the correct ICD-10 codes may result in medical schemes rejecting claims.
To assist SAMA members, SAMA is in the process of incorporating the complete ICD-10 coding structure within its electronic Doctors’ Billing Manual (eDBM) program. Members who previously purchased the eDBM will receive an update notification and receive the ICD-10 information free of charge at the end of May 2013.
If you wish to purchase the eDBM visit SAMA’s website (www.samedical.org/products).
The ICD-10 Master Industry Table can be downloaded from the Department of Health’s website: http://www.doh.gov.za
To read more on the new ICD-10 Master Industry Table and the changes required to your current system, visit SAMA’s website at http://www.samedical.org/icd-10.html
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact SAMA’s coding unit at 012 481 2073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info sourced from SAMA Website: SAMA Coding Unit