PhilHealth extends provisional accreditation of hospitals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 11:11

Accredited hospitals of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) that were granted provisional accreditation until October 31, 2010 are given until December this year to comply with the new requirements set by the state-run health insurance agency.

Through Circular 32, s-2010, PhilHealth extended the deadline to two more months to give some 560 hospitals nationwide enough time to complete the deficiencies in their application for accreditation.

"The extension is meant to make them comply with the requirements and at the same time ensure uninterrupted service to PhilHealth members availing of their benefits in these facilities," PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Rey B. Aquino announced.

Accreditation is a privilege granted by PhilHealth to health care providers that satisfactorily meet its new accreditation program provided for in its Benchbook, a quality-driven set of standards first implemented in January this year.

With the new standards, hospitals are given corresponding accreditation awards after meeting all core indicators and certain percentages of the Benchbook's seven performance areas namely, patient's rights; patient's care; safe practice and environment; leadership and management; human resource management; information management; and improving performance.

Aquino explained that in addition to all core indicators which must first be met, facilities satisfying at least 60 percent of the first three performance areas are given the Center of Safety seal which is valid for one year, while those meeting 75 percent or more of the first six performance areas are given the Center of Quality award with two years' worth of accreditation.

On the other hand, hospitals that are at least 90 percent compliant in all seven performance areas are awarded the prestigious Center of Excellence status, the highest accreditation level that comes with a three-year validity period.

The PhilHealth Chief said that halfway through November 2010, applications of 699 hospitals have already been approved and were granted their new accreditation levels while 554 more are still completing their deficiencies, hence the extension. "We reiterate though that their provisional status still allows them to admit and facilitate the automatic deduction of PhilHealth benefits from qualified patients," Aquino stressed.