The Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) recently organized in Riyadh the second phase of its training program specifically designed for qualifying certified medical coding professionals.
The program held at the Holiday Inn targeted medical coding professionals who are interested in providing remote coding services to the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH). The program provided training in the International Classification of Diseases, Australian Amendment (ICD-10-AM).
The medical coding program aims this year to qualify 75 medical coders to work in the Ministry of Health, in addition to the 25 individuals who were trained last year. This is the first-of-its-kind program to be held in the Kingdom and the whole region.
Dr. Salim Abdullah Al-Wahabi, director general of CBAHI, said: “This is a totally matchless program we are most proud to initiate and launch. Having additional coders will hopefully support and help the MOH in sharing decisions, plans, policies, and resources utilization as well.”
He added: “This program is in consistence with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and at the same time supports the National Transformation Program initiatives.”
The Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) is the official agency authorized to grant accreditation certificates to all governmental and private health care facilities operating in the Kingdom. CBAHI has emerged from the Saudi Health Council as a non-profit organization. The principal function of CBAHI is to set the health care quality and patient safety standards against which all health care facilities are evaluated for evidence of compliance.
The foundation of CBAHI dates back to 2001 as the Makkah Region Quality Program (MRQP), an initiative aimed at improving quality of health care delivery in the Makkah region. In 2005, by a ministerial order, MRQP was advanced and named as the Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions and its jurisdiction was expanded to the whole country.