Why NABH is so important for hospitals now!

You get 15% extra, on all government scheme packages

Do you know that because of job losses and an increase in unemployment and recession, most patients now will get either MAA card or Ayushman Bharat card. Government schemes are going to be the new normal, and hospitals which have NABH, will get 15% extra on all the packages of MAA yojna, and Ayushman Bharat tie-up. NABH consultants can give you more details about how you can avail extra 15%, and whether you have the right infrastructure to get NABH accreditation. You can also ask us, and we would love to guide you through.

 

NABH is still compulsory for cashless tie-ups

IRDA norms about NABH or at least Entry Level NABH certification, as a prerequisite for cashless tie-ups, still exist. It was postponed for one year, and now that duration is about to expire. With the uprising of COVID 19 in the country, infection control protocols in the hospitals are under the lens and looking at the current government policies and scenario, we think NABH is going to become an inevitable part of the hospital operations. All TPA and PPN insurance companies mention in their MOU, that hospitals have to get NABH certification within 12 months, from the date of signing the MOU.

 

Due to COVID 19 Patients are looking for better infection control measures

People scared of COVID 19, will opt for NABH accredited/certified hospitals, with a perception of better patient safety and infection control protocols being followed. There are many Non-NABH hospitals which follow great patient safety and infection control protocols, but for them, it is hard to explain or showcase, in an absence of some tangible form of certification. NABH is the highest quality certificate for hospitals in India, and people are aware of it more than ever.

 

Implementation of NABH infection control protocols genuinely helps hospitals

By all means, NABH accreditation standards have helped and saved the lives of numerous healthcare workers across the country including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who have been fighting in the forefront during this pandemic.

WHO (World Health Organization) clearly states that “No country, no healthcare facility, even within the most advanced and sophisticated healthcare systems, can claim to be free of the problem related to infections”. The need for developing a proper infection control program nationally and at the hospital level is clearly important.

NABH accreditation Standards for Hospitals has an entire Chapter- Hospital Infection Control (HIC) enumerating requirements for infection control and prevention which are in accordance with the national and international guidelines. These standards have a clear cut guideline about how a hospital should gear itself up with respect to managing either hospital-acquired infections or managing any outbreaks and pandemics like H1N1 & COVID-19.

The standards guide all hospitals to demonstrate a practical, evidence-based approach which involves practising proper hand hygiene recommendations, having a clean and hygienic environment, proper use of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), appropriate surveillance and monitoring of the infections as well as appropriate pre and post-exposure prophylaxis for the healthcare workers.

Hence, implementation of the NABH HIC standards will strengthen the hospital’s overall functioning which in turn not only provides safe care but also makes a hospital a safer place.

 

Eventually, NABH standards are going to become more stringent.

Apply now, before it gets more difficult. NABH fifth edition is already out and will replace the previous NABH edition, for large healthcare organizations (Hospitals above 50 beds) in a few months.

 

With hospitals open, and less workload, it is easy to expedite NABH implementation

Most hospitals are currently operating with 50% staff, with very fewer patients, surgeries and workload. Now is the right time to utilize the free time and energy of the staff in implementing NABH accreditation/certification, and getting it as fast as possible.

When things become normal, there will be a Tsunami of planned surgeries, all using either cashless facilities or government schemes

Reality is people and businesses are out of cash flow. Patients will not be able to pay for their treatments in cash. Even those patients who do not have mediclaim will opt for one and will go for hospitals providing cashless mediclaim facilities, or government schemes.

 

NABH is also helping the hospitals to get faster accreditation

In some recent amendments, NABH has issued a guideline that will help the hospitals to attain the accreditation faster than usual. Due to the lockdown in the entire country, there are many hospitals who have already applied but are still waiting for the assessment dates. To speed up the process, NABH has stated in its recent guideline that pre-assessment can be opted out and the hospital if confident and ready, can directly invite final assessment. This certainly shall help the hospitals to accelerate the process and will not have the need to face the assessment twice.

About Author, Urvish Patel

Urvish Patel, Director Medigence

Urvish Patel is one of the directors at Medigence and is currently working with many international and domestic health care organizations, helping them levitate to the next level. Also currently assisting 45+ hospitals, with hospital planning, designing, and turnkey solutions. Has education in Masters of Business Administration (With a Major in Marketing, and Minor in Information Technology), from (Sykes College of Business, United States of America) one of the top 50 business colleges in the world.

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