SASCI Coding Handbook (2015)

  • February 17, 2020 | SASCI Coding Handbook (2015)

SASCI Coding Handbook (2015)

This Coding Guideline is based on a scientific and professional analysis of the various professional acts, which duly registered professionals are by law entitled to undertake in terms of their registration under the Health Professions Act, 1974, and the Ethical Rules, and which acts are translated into codes that serves as a “short-hand” description of such acts.

Evidence-based medicine and the extent and nature of professional acts are by their varying nature, based on consensus amongst appropriately qualified, trained and experienced healthcare professionals. As a body representing healthcare professional’s practising in the field of cardiovascular intervention, SASCI hereby publishes this Guideline to guide professionals, funders and other stakeholders as to the appropriate coding of professional acts.

This Coding Guideline is based on a scientific and professional analysis of the various professional acts, which duly registered professionals are by law entitled to undertake in terms of their registration under the Health Professions Act, 1974, and the Ethical Rules, and which acts are translated into codes that serves as a “shorthand” description of such acts.

The Guideline aims to connect the professional acts to the nature, scope, extent and inter-relatedness of various professional acts to codes.

This Guideline does not address and should not be construed as providing any guidance on fees, or as setting any fees or fee structure, neither does it attempt to make any pronouncements as to the reimbursement levels to be set by medical schemes in relation to the codes.

This Guideline does, however, constitute the professional opinion as expressed by the members of SASCI in relation to the professional acts of its members, in light of the provisions of the Health Professions Act and the ethical rules.

This coding system constitutes what would be deemed to be professional acts within the context of evidence-based medicine, as defined in medical schemes legislation. It therefore gives effect to professional acts as separate and interrelated actions that would be professionally appropriate and for which a practitioner would be entitled to code and charge.

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