UAE:Dubai adopts medical coding set that supports health insurance system

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), have reached an agreement to support the standardised exchange of medical service data throughout Dubai. This will be a boon for insurers, healthcare providers, third party administrators, regulators and other stakeholders.

The agreement provides the DHA a licence to use Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), a comprehensive code set copyrighted by the AMA, reported Emirates News Agency.

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CPT enables interoperability, reporting, measurement, analysis, and benchmarking of medical services and procedures across Dubai’s healthcare system. It will also facilitate operations in the health insurance system.

Mr Humaid Al Qutami, DHA director general, said, "The introduction of CPT coding is another milestone for the health system in Dubai. It will make the medical billing process highly efficient and accurate, with minimum human interference, and it will empower all stakeholders to become completely paperless.

“Additionally, it will enable accurate data collection that will help us devise evidence-based policies and processes to further enhance the healthcare system in Dubai."

With over 10,000 codes available for services and procedures, the CPT codes will better capture the state of modern healthcare in Dubai. It will also enable Dubai’s medical community to support technology-enabled services in digital medicine and foster innovative and integrated care models for providing high-quality medical care.

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