Centre Heads meetings. Questionnaires have been developed and circulated and results compiled on ICD-10 mortality and morbidity training materials and training capacity. These results were presented at the 2000 and 2001 annual meetings of Centre Heads and are being posted on the NCHS web site. In 2000, the International Federation of Health Record Organizations (IFHRO) accepted the Subgroup’s proposal for establishing an international credentialing and training program for ICD-10 coders, and a joint work group was established with IFHRO. That work group held its first meeting at the 2001 Centre Heads meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. This paper provides a status report of the Subgroup’s activities related to its Work Plan since the Bethesda meeting and suggests directions for the coming year. Results are reported for the questionnaires developed by the Subgroup to carry out needs assessments for ICD-10 mortality and morbidity medical coders, which were circulated to Regional Offices and Collaborating Centres in 2002. Efforts to advance the international credentialing and training program also are discussed, including development of definitions, skill levels and functions for credentialing certified coders of underlying cause of death. Background The Subgroup on Training and Credentialing of the Implementation of ICD-10 Committee was established at the 1999 meeting of Heads of Centres, where terms of reference and a work pla
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