Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS)



Technology has seeped into almost every aspect of our day-day-to-day lives. We bank, shop and even invest online. Yesterday’s pen and notebook have made way for tablets & smartphones. This wave of technological advances has also swept across the healthcare landscape – so why not register or update your PCNS online?

We are experimenting to enable you to register and update your practise code number online.

This will allow you access to the PCNS from anywhere and at any time. You can now co-manage the progress of your request.

The PCNS online portal will revolutionise the way that you register or update your practise code number.

With this exciting evolution, comes some changes:
• The PCNS premises will operate from 11h00 – 15h00
• The Call Centre remains available from 08h00- 16h30
• Applications may be couriered or posted
• We will have increased self-service terminal
• As we value your input, please complete our VOC survey

Click here to access our VOC survey

The Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS) of BHF is a list of unique practice billing codes for providers of healthcare services in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.

The practice number, allocated to all registered healthcare providers is a legal requirement for the process of reimbursement of a claim to either a medical scheme member or service provider. This is in accordance with the requirement of the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998 wherein it is stated that a medical scheme may only reimburse a member or a provider of relevant healthcare services for services rendered against a valid practice code number.

Click here to view the updated ICD10 Master Industry Table (MIT)


Click here to view MedicalBillingand Coding.org - a helpful website for ICD-10 transition.

What would you like to do?


Provider Search

Should you wish to search for a Service Provider by Province please use the physical address, the last 7 digits of the practice number, or the provider's surname

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Exciting enhancements to the PCN system

BHF is very excited to announce its new Geo-Mapping facility. It has been developed as part of the PCNS department’s ongoing endeavour to improve service to providers, PCNS users and the general public. This innovative yet easy-to-use online tool will allow web users to locate any healthcare provider with a valid practice number anywhere in South Africa and provide not only contact details for the healthcare provider but the exact location of the practice on an up-to-date map. click here for details.

Statutory Councils

Contact Details for Statutory Councils

  • The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA)
  • Telephone: 012-338-9300
  • Website: www.hpcsa.co.za
  • SA Dental Technicians Council
  • Telephone: 012-342-4134
  • The Allied Health Professions Council of SA (AHPCSA)
  • Telephone: 012-329-4001
  • Website: www.ahpcsa.co.za
  • SA Council for Social Service Professions
  • Telephone: 012-329-9164
  • Website: www.sacssp.org.za

PCNS Payment options

Your annual registration fee may be paid in any of the following ways:

Direct Deposit

Bank: Nedbank
Branch: Rosebank
Branch code: 197705
Account No: 1958 518 530
Account Type: Cheque account
Account Name: PCNS
Reference: please use your practice number
Fax deposit slip to: (011) 880-5959 OR 086-607-3703

Debit Order

BHF has introduced a debit order payment facility as from 2011. Should you wish to make use of this facility please click here to download the form.

Please note that your payment will not be allocated to your practice number if you do not use your practice number as a reference

By cheque at the South African Post Office

Please present your Registration Renewal Reminder to the Post Office teller. The unique barcode on the Registration Renewal Reminder allows for processing of your payment.
NB: Cheques should be made out to SA Post Office.
Please note that this is the recommended form of payment

On-line credit card payment via the Internet
To view your statement and make an on-line payment, please click here

Please note that this form of payment only applies to payments made in person at the PCNS offices, 37 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Where can I obtain a list of Nappi codes

Contact MediKredit at (011) 770 6000.

Legislation Requirements regarding a PCNS Number

The account or statement contemplated in section 59(1) of the Act must contain the following:

  1. the surname and initials of the member;
  2. the surname, first name and other initials, if any, of the patient;
  3. the name of the medical scheme concerned;
  4. the membership number of the member;
  5. the practice code number, group practice number and individual provider registration number issued by the registering authorities for providers, if applicable, of the supplier of service and, in the case of a group practice, the name of the practitioner who provided the service;
  6. the relevant diagnostic and such other item code numbers that relate to such relevant health service;
  7. the date on which each relevant health service was rendered;
  8. the nature and cost of each relevant health service rendered, including the supply of medicine to the member concerned or to a dependant of that member; and the name, quantity and dosage of and net amount payable by the member in respect of the medicine;
  9. where a pharmacist supplies medicine according to a prescription to a member or to a dependant of a member of a medical scheme, a copy of the original prescription or a certified copy of such prescription, if the scheme requires it;
  10. where mention is made in such account or statement of the use of a theatre-
    • the name and relevant practice number and provider number contemplated in paragraph (e) of the medical practitioner or dentist who performed the operation;
    • the name or names and the relevant practice number and provider number contemplated in paragraph (e) of every medical practitioner or dentist who assisted in the performance of the operation; and
    • all procedures carried out together with the relevant item code number contemplated in paragraph (f); and
  11. in the case of a first account or statement in respect of orthodontic treatment or other advanced dentistry, a treatment plan indicating-
    • the expected total amount in respect of the treatment;
    • the expected duration of the treatment;
    • the initial amount payable; and the monthly amount payable.

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