IMA to be the major partner of AYUSHMAN BHARAT : Differences remain

New Delhi: IMA signed a partnership agreement with the Government on AYUSHMAN BHARAT. IMA National President Dr Ravi S Wankhedkar and Secretary General, Dr R N Tandon led the team. After three hours of hard negotiations IMA agreed to take up the major responsibility of facilitating the empanelment of small and medium private hospitals.

The differences over the package rates remain. The Government have agreed to revise the rates in a periodic fashion with full involvement of IMA. IMA will be part of the costing mechanism. Monthly feedback mechanisms with IMA have been put place. All registered hospitals with 10 and more beds will be empanelled. NABH accreditation/ certification will not be mandatory.

Hospitals with NABH Certification and accreditation will get 10 & 15% more. Hospitals in difficult areas will be paid 10% extra. Hospitals with DNB courses will get 10% more. States will have the discretion to enhance another 10%. Moreover, where state schemes are paying more than NHPS rates, the same will be retained.

Concerns on Human Resources of hospitals will be addressed. Settlement of bills and Grievance Redressal are other areas where IMA ‘s concerns were accommodated. IMA will be the Public Private Interface for NHPS. IMA is willing to shoulder major responsibility in giving input regarding costing mechanism and doing costing field studies. The major breakthrough today came when the Government agreed to base revision of packages on costing studies.

IMA will shoulder this responsibility diligently. It was also agreed that the software for online communications and transaction will be supplied by the Government free of cost.

IMA National President also said that a dedicated team led by Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, Dr. V K Monga, Dr RV Asokan , Dr Ravi Kumar , Dr Anil Goyal and Dr Narasinga Reddy worked hard for the past 3 months on the technical front including costing. IMA had engaged the Government in multiple meetings to finally sign an agreement.

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