Rating of Hospitals on Quality
Hospitals in India will now be rated based on the quality of facilities provided. The score will be given as gold, silver bronze based on the assessment. The gold rating would be the best while the bronze rating would be given to the lowest rung.
The new system will be based on self-assessment and would be evidence-based. Once the self-assessment is done, there will be a desktop assessment done by QCI.
For the first time in India, hospitals would get a gold, silver, or bronze rating based on the quality of healthcare facilities. This move comes as the Government of India pushes for better health infrastructure in smaller cities ascross India and rural areas.
Rating of Hospitals on Quality- The Present System
Presently, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers has an accreditation system. It takes a hospital around six to eight months to be accredited through this procedure. The National Health Authority’s new rating system would help the smaller hospital get licenses and operate in rural areas under the government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Rating of Hospitals on Quality- The New Approach
Under the new system, instead of rejecting an accreditation to a smaller hospital, the government and NABH would give them a lower rating at a cheaper cost, as mentioned in a report.
The accreditation system that is being planned with the help of Quality Council of India (QCI) would bring down the accreditation cost to around Rs 10,000 from Rs 80,000-Rs 1.5 lakh
Once the self-assessment is done, there will be a desktop assessment done by QCI, followed by an external evaluation after which a certificate would be generated. The whole process would take around 25-35 days, in contrast to six-eight months required by NABH certification.
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers has also prepared a set of guidelines for the hospitals to follow to maintain standards.