Berlin - The plan is to start building new institute for quality assurance and transparency in health care this year. “Patients rightly want more transparency when it comes to the quality of medical care. Because we want quality competition, we also need reliable criteria by which we can fix quality, ”said Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe (CDU) today in Berlin.
Previously, the Federal Cabinet had the draft for the“ Law on the Further Development of Financial structure and quality in statutory health insurance agreed. The new institute envisaged in the law is to develop scientifically proven quality criteria and publish quality comparisons.
Cautious approval of the project comes from the (DKG): “We associate this with the expectation that the comparison and evaluation of hospitals will arise an objective and fair basis is set and self-made quality comparisons by health insurance companies are put to an end ”, said their general manager Georg Baum. However, he emphasized that hospital comparisons are not an instrument for deriving reimbursement discounts.
"There are no reliable indicators worldwide that would justify charging hospital with flat-rate deductions for certain services from the first to the last day of the year," said Baum. Rather, "the well-founded principle of fixed fee rates" applies in all service areas of the health care system.
The AOK, on the other hand, clearly welcomes the institute: "The systematic measurement of the quality of treatment with routine data by professionally and scientifically independent institute is correct and necessary “, Said Jürgen Graalmann, CEO of. He called for the institute to be set up quickly, "in order to create the framework for quality-oriented hospital planning and payment."