Hospital accreditation in the country is set to get a shot-in-the-arm with the Quality Council of India (QCI) drawing aggressive plans to push accreditation.
The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), QCI’s hospital accreditation arm, will soon hold talks with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to instruct insurance firms to empanel only those hospitals for treating health insurance patients that have NABH accreditation. It will also begin talks with public sector undertakings and corporates to empanel accredited hospitals for employee benefit programmes.
Since the launch of NABH in February 2006, 44 hospitals and 3 nursing homes have got accredited. Around 350 hospitals have already applied for accreditation.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Girdhar Gyani, secretary general, QCI said, “We will be suggesting to the IRDA to give a time frame of one to two years to hospitals (that treat insurance patients) to get accredited.”
“We will talk to public sector undertakings to ask private hospitals, which treat their employees, to get NABH accredited.”
Accreditation ensures that a hospital follows established standards on infection control, handling of biomedical waste, has well-trained and qualified doctors and staff, and has proper medical equipment and fire safety equipment in place.