A new system ‘Case mix’ that measures hospital performance and aims to increase efficiency of treatment is likely to be introduced soon at public and private hospitals in the country.
The system practised in many European countries and some places in the Middle East will be introduced along with the National Health Insurance Scheme, said a senior official.
‘Case mix’ or activity based funding is a system that measures hospital performance, aiming to reward initiatives that increase efficiency in hospitals and treatment for patients.
“As a part of the National Health Strategy, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is working to introduce an activity-based funding through the National Health Insurance Scheme,” said Assistant Secretary-General at SCH, Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, addressing a press conference yesterday.
“It will be implemented with the first person of the National Health Insurance Scheme and it will be a unified system at public and private hospitals,” he said.
Classifications by the ‘Case mix’ involves grouping patients into what are called Diagnosed Related Groups. They will be grouped on clinical conditions. ‘Case mix’ funding also serves as an information tool that allows policy makers to understand the nature and complexity of healthcare in the country.
“‘Case mix’ will help increase the quality of care to patients by healthcare providers,” said Project Manager of Health Insurance, Health Financing and Insurance Department of the SCH, Hussein Reka. He said the exact date of the implementation of National Health Insurance Scheme will be announced today.
SCH also signed an agreement yesterday to host the annual session of the Patient Classification System International conference in Qatar in 2014.
Being held for the first time in this region, the event will focus on the ‘Case mix’ concept.
The agreement was signed by Dr Hussain Ali, and President of Patient Classification System International, Paul Erik Hansen.
It is expected that around 300 specialist delegates from around the world will attend the three day event that will see workshops and plenaries focused on the development of the case mix concept in different parts of the world. Delegates range from academics through to health ministries, hospitals and non-governmental organisations.
Source : Qatar Chronicle
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