NABH Panchakarma Clinic Standards
NABH Panchakarma clinic has its own separate standards for NABH accreditation of panchakarma clinic. NABH standards for panchakarma clinic are different from NABH standards for Ayurveda hospitals. Usually there is no minimum bed requirement. The focus is more on daycare panchakarma treatment and procedures
Why Hire Medigence for NABH accreditation of your Panchakarma Clinic ?
We have assessor level skills, which helps us understand NABH Panchakarma Clinic standards and practical challenges of implementing those standards in a much better way. We provide staff training in local languages which results in effective implementation of NABH standards. We have an experience of more than 10 years, and are managing 170+ projects. We have enough resources which enables us to cope of with any kind of challenge. Experience of working with small clinics to large hospitals. Effective project management, knowledge transfer, knowledge management, proper management of intellectual property, and strict privacy policies.
What are the advantages of NABH Panchakarma Accreditation
The NABH Panchakarma accreditation process ensures that an accredited Panchakarma clinic meets nationally recognized standards. The standards are endorsed by the Ministry of AYUSH.
NABH Panchakarma accreditation program helps to improve the quality of patient care in clinics which eventually helps the community to develop trust.
Also, the patient can avail the benefit of a cashless facility to some extent if your Panchakarma clinic is NABH accredited. This will attract the patients to your clinic over other non accredited Panchakarma clinics. For more information you can visit the following link: https://www.policybazaar.com/health-insurance/individual-health-insurance/articles/health-insurance-covers-traditional-treatments/
Panchakarma treatment plays a highly effective role in the management of lifestyle disorders that are increasing at a rapid rate in the country. Although, this mode of treatment is not only practiced in India but is also highly popular in many other countries. Panchakarma’s curative, preventive and promotive actions not only detoxifies and purifies the body but also helps in maintaining its normal functions and improves metabolism while expelling metabolic toxins from the body. It may also help in various mental disorders.
Panchakarma Clinic is an integral part of the Ayurveda healthcare system. Mostly day care, its procedures do not require hospitalization. However, Panchakarma has received lesser attention over other healthcare modalities as far as quality assurance is concerned. Hence, it is important that such services are offered in a scientific and reliable manner by trained and competent professionals. NABH has made efforts in this direction by establishing accreditation standards for the Panchakarma clinics which would immensely benefit the healthcare professionals and eventually to their patients and other stakeholders.
What are NABH Panchakarma standards?
Ministry of AYUSH and Quality Council of India have jointly developed the NABH Panchakarma standards in 2017 with the intention of providing safe quality healthcare in Ayurveda Panchakarma. The accreditation standards help in improving the quality of patient care by improving the quality of standards of the Panchakarma Clinics.
NABH Panchakarma clinic has its own separate standards for NABH accreditation. NABH standards for panchakarma clinics are different from NABH standards for Ayurveda hospitals. Usually there is no minimum bed requirement. The focus is more on daycare panchakarma treatment and procedures.
Just like other accreditation standards, NABH Panchakarma standards also has 10 Chapters in its 1st Edition.
NABH Chapters are divided into the following categories.
Patient Centric Standards
Chapter 1 – Access, Assessment & Continuity of Care (AAC)
Chapter 2 – Care of Patients (COP)
Chapter 3 – Management of Medication (MOM)
Chapter 4 – Patient Rights & Education (PRE)
Chapter 5 – Infection Control (HIC)
Organization Centric Standards
Chapter 6 – Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Chapter 7 – Responsibility of Management (ROM)
Chapter 8 – Facility Management & Safety (FMS)
Chapter 9 – Human Resource Management (HRM)
Chapter 10 – Information Management System (IMS)
A copy of the NABH standards can be availed from the NABH website:
Who can apply for NABH Panchakarma Accreditation
Panchakarma Clinic is a standalone outpatient healthcare organization that provides Panchakarma treatment (consultation, medication and procedures) services by Vaidya(s) registered with state AYUSH systems practitioners’ board/council.
Panchakarma Clinic should provide those services which do not require overnight stay neither for procedure nor for observation.
The following is the scope of the Panchakarma Clinic:
- The clinic should provide Panchakarma consultation to its patients
- The clinic should have either inhouse or outsourced Ayurveda Pharmacy
- The clinic should be performing the Panchakarma procedures
- The clinic should have a Post procedure observation facility. (If the patient is required to stay overnight, then he/she have to be shifted to the Ayurveda Hospital)
Further, as per the new IRDA guidelines, NABH accredited panchakarma clinics can now avail insurance benefits for their patients. Also the clinics can pass the benefits of the improved quality and procedures to their patients. Hence, the Panchakarma clinics aspiring to provide cashless benefits to their patients can apply for the NABH Panchakarma accreditation.
What is the duration of NABH Panchakarma Accreditation?
Just like other accreditation programs, the duration of the entire process of NABH Panchakarma Accreditation is dependent upon various phases that need to be accomplished. It may take from 10-12 months for the entire process till your clinic receives the accreditation.
- Preparing the Panchakarma Clinic, Self Assessment & filling up the NABH Application form – 3 months
- Pre Assessment – Pre assessment generally happens 3 months after the NABH application form is filled.
- Final Assessment – After Pre assessment, the final assessment may be planned within 3 months of successful acceptance of the closure report
- NABH Accreditation committee review meeting & awarding accreditation: This phase will take generally 1-2 months’ time while the case is being reviewed by the NABH Accreditation committee.
What is the process of NABH Panchakarma Clinic Accreditation?
There are various stages involved in the entire process of NABH Panchakarma Clinic Accreditation process. Medigence shall assist you and hand hold you in each and every step in order to successfully get your Panchakarma clinic NABH accredited.
The Panchakarma Clinic participating in accreditation will be expected to provide the following evidences and Medigence shall help you with furnishing the details accurately just as required by NABH.
Approved documents that identify relevant service policy, protocols and/or strategies and set out how the clinic plans to deliver each standard and objective element therein.
- Evidence that demonstrates that the Panchakarma Clinic is implementing these policies, protocols and/or strategies.
- Evidence that demonstrates that the Panchakarma Clinic is monitoring and evaluating its performance regularly in the implementation of its policies, protocols and strategies.
Preparing the Panchakarma Clinic for accreditation:
The Panchakarma clinic should implement the NABH Accreditation standards for at least 3 months before applying for NABH. Medigence team of NABH experts shall guide your clinic in understanding the standards and implementing them.
Preparing your hospital shall involve the following activities :
- Performing Gap assessment of the Panchakarma Clinic for infrastructure changes, equipment changes, licenses and regulatory requirements and human resources
- Sensitization of staff including the Vaidyas and Paricharaka (Panchakarma assistant/technician) related to all the Panchakarma NABH accreditation standards
- Advisory support for the overall Panchakarma NABH Accreditation Process
- Documentation of all required policies and SOPs related to various Panchakarma therapies like Abhyanga protocol, Netra tarpana protocol, pichu protocol, etc
- Guidelines and tools for implementation of policies and procedures
- Guidelines for training programs
- Assistance in conducting Internal Assessments
- Guideline for Statutory Requirements and Licenses
- Assistance for Quality Structure and Committee Functions
Filling up the NABH Application form
Once the Panchakarma clinic is prepared, our NABH experts shall guide you in filling up the NABH application form and paying the application fees.
Internal audit & Mock Assessment
NABH will scrutinize the application and plan for the pre assessment. In the meanwhile, our NABH consultants shall help you with various implementation processes, training programs, mock drills and internal audits. Once the pre assessment date is received, Medigence shall conduct a mock assessment. This shall ensure the readiness of the Panchakarma clinic to face the actual assessment.
During the pre-assessment our NABH consultants shall support you from the back end. Post pre-assessments, all the non-compliances raised by the assessor shall be discussed in detail and a corrective and preventive action plan will be developed based on the nature of the non-compliance. The closure report shall then be submitted to NABH for further review.
Once the Pre-assessment closure report is successfully accepted by the assessor, the final assessment is planned. Our NABH experts shall extend continuous support from the back end similar to pre assessment. We shall also guide you in preparing and submitting the closure report in response to the non-compliances generated during the assessment.
NABH Accreditation Committee Review & receiving Accreditation
Once the closure report is accepted by the assessor, the NABH accreditation committee will review our case and accreditation will be awarded.
Once received, the accreditation is valid for a period of 3 years.
In order to ensure that the Panchakarma clinic is maintaining the standards and implementing them, surveillance assessment is planned every 16-18 months after the accreditation is granted.
Renewal of accreditation
Renewal happens after 3 years of your first accreditation. The Panchakarma clinic has to apply 6 months before the expiry of the accreditation in order to maintain the same.