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Short Course in ICD 10 Coding - Contact Tuition

Interests: ICD 10 Coding


The implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic coding in the healthcare environment took effect on 1 January 2005. The National Department of Health and the Council for Medical Schemes support this implementation of ICD-10 in the public and private health sector. This is the diagnostic code standard that was adopted by the National Department of Health in 1996 and is now the responsibility of the National Health Information System of South Africa (NHISSA). It is a diagnostic standard that is accepted by all the parties as the diagnostic coding standard of choice for South Africa. As per the regulations of the Medical Scheme Act (published in Government Gazette No 20556 on 20 October 1999), all providers of healthcare such as hospitals, doctors, allied professionals, etc is required to make use of ICD-10 codes. The specific regulation pertaining to ICD-10 reads as follows: “(f) The relevant diagnostic and such other item code numbers that relates to such relevant health service”. Although the regulations do not specify the ICD-10 diagnostic system, this structure is regarded as the diagnostic standard of choice for South Africa. ICD-10 is a series of international classifications of diseases, originally introduced by the World Health Organisation in 1948. ICD-10 has become the international standard for the generation of health statistics, allowing relative comparison across countries. This publication comprises of three volumes, which provide the basic tools for coding. Each volume has rules and guidelines to assist the user in reporting conditions in a standard and uniform format. ICD-10 operates in conjunction with other procedural and billing coding systems and replaces the “traditional” diagnosis with a code.

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Who Should Enrol

All healthcare practitioners working in the clinical field.

Course Design

Distance education through a comprehensive self-study guide developed by experts in the field supported by a 2-day interactive contact session.

It includes practical exercises and all course content can be used as a reference source for coding queries. This manual is to be used in conjunction with International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision (ICD-10) - Volumes 1, 2 and 3. (© Copyright World Health Organisation)

Course Content

This course will cover the following modules:

  • Background to ICD-10 coding
  • Benefits of clinical coding
  • Basic structure and principles of ICD-10 coding
  • Rules and conventions of ICD-10 coding
  • Accuracy in coding
  • Practical applications


Participants are assessed through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire and essay questions. These must be submitted to the Foundation for Professional Development for assessment.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 30 ethical points on Level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should successfully complete the assessment process.


R 3 895.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and Taxes where applicable)

Contact Details

Dr. Margot Uys

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 5688
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za