In Saudi Arabia the Ministry of Health (MOH) is considered the main provider of  health services (60-70%). The Minister of Health, H.E. Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, chairs the Council of Health Services(CHS)  which is represented by the head of every governmental and private sector health service provider.
The Council of Health Services has finalized the Deed of Agreement between the Saudi Arabian government and the Commonwealth Government of Australia represented by the Department of Health and Aging to become a licensed country in utilizing the ICD-10-AM (6th edition) & the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs). As an umbrella for every healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia, the CHS coordinates between both public and private healthcare providers.
The Saudi Clinical Coding Committee, based at the Ministry of Health, and the National Casemix and Classification Centre, based at the University of Wollongong in Australia, are coordinating the implementation process.
The NCCC has been formed following the successful bid by the University of Wollongong (UoW) to develop the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) Classification System. The NCCC is part of the UoW Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD) Sydney Business School.
The Australian Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has contracted the University of  Wollongong (UoW) to refine the AR-DRG Classification System which includes:
The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), the Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI), the Australian Coding Standards (ACS), and The Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification.
The ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS was previously managed under a DoHA contract by the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH), University of Sydney. AR-DRG classification development was previously managed by the DoHA in Canberra.
The NCCC will develop the 2012 versions of  ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and AR-DRG, with a planned national implementation date of 1 July 2013 for both classification systems.  The NCCC will also provide user support services for ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Seventh Edition and AR-DRG versions which will continue to be used in Australia until 30 June 2013.
This guide represents the first product of the education program and contains a series of information of briefing sheets, fact sheets and visual aids to assist with local education presentations.
An extensive education program is being developed by the Ministry of Health which will prepare clinical coders, clinicians and data users for the transition to ICD-10-AM
Fact Sheet:
have been designed to assist dissemination of information or for display.
The briefing sheets included in this guide will:
  • increase awareness and knowledge of ICD-10-AM and its implementation;
  • assist an understanding of how ICD-10-AM will affect current practices;
  • inform creators and users of coded data of the implementation process;
  • and
  • enable hospitals and software suppliers to prepare for the implantation of ICD-10-AM.
Last Update : 22 January 2013 02:27 PM
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