The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has identified the need for procedural training in the private sector and medical scheme industry.  Doctors' Billing Manual Training Workshops will be held at the SAMA Head Office in Pretoria.

It is vital to understand coding when rendering accounts to third party payors as well as during the assessment of claims, as incorrect coding has great financial complications for doctors in the private sector.

The workshops will start of with 'Coding 101' which provides basic training in the use and interpretations of the Rules and Modifiers applicable to the coding structure.  Time will also be allocated to informal discussions of general problems experienced by coders.

Training will take place over 2 days at the SAMA Head Office in Pretoria, Requests for training in other centres will considered.  Included in the registration fee of R 1050 / person (Excl. VAT), is an electronic version of the DBM, a training manual and a light lunch

The target audience for these workshops are:

1    Receptionists

2    Practice Managers

3    Bureaus

4    Doctors

5    Medical Schemes

6    Statutory bodies such as the Compensation and Road Accident Funds.

'Coding 101' is a 'must' for people who have to compile accounts for the first time as well as established coders who would like refresh their knowledge on coding.

Workshops are planned in the near future on speciality specific coding, such as Anaesthesiology, Orthopaedics, etc.  Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology will be a recommendation when attending these workshops.

Current available dates for individuals to RSVP for: (subject to change)

18 - 19 September

16 - 17 October

20 -21 November

 Should you have any queries please contact the SAMA Coding Unit on or 012 4812073.

SAMA Coding Unit

Private Practice Department






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