SCH appoints GlobeMed for unified health code

February 19, 2014 - 4:57:26 am
DOHA: The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has appointed the GlobeMed Coding School as the exclusive training vendor for the ICD-10-AM training in Qatar. 

As a pre-requisite for joining the national health insurance scheme, all healthcare providers in Qatar are required to adopt the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM) and the Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI), Seventh Edition. 

Coding according to these standards is necessary for claims and data submission to the National Health Insurance Company (NHIC). 

To achieve and maintain required capacity and skills for ICD 10 AM coding, all providers must receive this standardised training approved by SCH. 

GlobeMed Coding School was established in Lebanon in 2002 through an affiliation with the Saint-Joseph University and expanded to Saudi Arabia in 2011. 

The GlobeMed Coding School offers coding programs in health information according to international classifications and local nomenclatures. 

The selection of GlobeMed was made through a competitive process and by the recommendation of a special Technical Committee consisted of main stakeholders in the health information management field, the SCH said yesterday.

“Establishing a coding training programme is a further step towards the improvement of the quality of coding and activity data capturing in the health sector which will not only improve the transparency of health care provision in Qatar but will also enable building performance and quality tools,” said Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Affairs.

Husein Reka, Health Insurance Manager at Supreme Council of Health explained that the ongoing and continuous training is necessary if the required quality standards are to be achieved since coding and classification are the building blocks for health information:

“The appointment of GlobeMed Coding School will address the increased demand for certified coders with the launch of the National Health Insurance Scheme and it will aid providers in building capacity or improving their existing coding capacity until a National Centre for Classification and Coding is established”.

“Following our great achievements in 2013, we, at GlobeMed Qatar, are confident that we will be up to this new task entrusted to us and we will continue to strive to offer superior services that can contribute in taking healthcare to the next levels,” said Salem Haidar, GlobeMed Regional Vice-President.

Amira Eid, Head of the Coding Programme, added, “While we take great pride on this new achievement, as the exclusive training provider for the healthcare industry in Qatar, it comes as a result of dedication, hard work and expertise, in the aim of contributing in the upgrade of the knowledge levels in the healthcare field across the region.” 

In addition to regular classroom courses, the coding programs include online sessions through iSchool, an electronic learning platform developed by GlobeMed, designed to meet the various learning needs. 

Interested providers can contact GlobeMed Coding School for details on 4405 6944 or email

The Peninsula