In a first in India, hospitals would now get bronze, silver and gold ratings depending on the quality of healthcare facilities they provide. At present, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) has an accreditation system which takes six-eight months for a hospital to get accredited. However, with healthcare infrastructure lacking in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and remote rural areas, the National Health Authority (NHA) has framed a new accreditation system which would help smaller hospitals also to get licences and operate in rural areas under Ayushman Bharat, the Modi government’s health insurance scheme for the poor.
Rather than rejecting accreditation of smaller hospitals, the Centre would give them a lower rating at a cheaper cost so that people know what facilities to expect. The accreditation system, developed with the help of Quality Council of India, would bring down the accreditation cost significantly from Rs 80,000-Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 10,000.
As the name suggests, bronze rating would be given to the lowest in the rung of healthcare provider. The government would introduce a self assessment process. Speaking to ET, Dr JL Meena, general manager (hospital networking and quality assurance), NHA, said, “The new system would be evidence-based self-assessment accreditation. After self-assessment, a desktop assessment would be done by QCI. This would be followed by external assessment after which a certificate would be generated. This would take 25-35 days as compared with six-eight months of NABH certification.” NHA has developed simple-to-follow guidelines which would demonstrate to hospital administration with photographs on the standards to be maintained. – Click Now