The state government has made it mandatory for hospitals to get certified by the national accreditation board for hospital and healthcare providers (NABH) in order to continue as empanelled hospital under the chief minister's comprehensive health insurance scheme (CMCHIS). The hospitals will have to get the accreditation within one year.

Private as well as government hospitals in Trichy have been advised to obtain NABH certificate, which will require the hospitals to fulfil a slew of parameters. The move is aimed at improving the quality of treatment under CMCHIS

The NABH meeting convened by the joint director of health services (JDHS) in Trichy on November 10 made it clear to all the empanelled hospitals under CMCHIS to get the entry level certificate of NABH within one year so that they can remain eligible to provide treatment under the state government health insurance scheme.

The meeting saw the participation of the representatives of around 250 private and government hospitals from eight districts - Trichy, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagappattinam, Pudukkottai, Karur, Cuddalore and Dindigul. The guidelines will be the same for the hospitals across the state.

NABH assessor Dr N Hafiza explained to the doctors and the administrators of private and government hospitals about the parameters they should comply to get the certification.

Safety, cleanliness, quality of services and ambience are some of the standards which have to be complied with by the hospitals for this certification.

Kishore Kumar, district project officer of CMCHIS, said that the communication about the mandatory NABH certification had already been conveyed to the hospitals earlier in the year. "We had informed the hospitals during the renewal of the MoU in January 2017 itself. Many of them have applied but they are yet to obtain (accreditation). However, it is a must to continue as empanelled hospitals," said Kishore Kumar.

As far as the government hospitals in Trichy were concerned, the applications were filed by all the ten GHs in Srirangam, Manapparai, Thiruverumbur, Lalgudi, Musiri, Omandhur, Mannachanallur, Thuraiyur, Thottiyam and Thuvarankurichi.

"Srirangam and Manapparai hospitals scored well and they are about to the get the certification. The rest of the hospitals will have to work on it to fulfill the standards," JDHS Dr Samsath Begum told ToI.  – TOI

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