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National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations. the board is structured to cater to much desired needs of the consumers and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry. The board while being supported by all stakeholders including industry, consumers, government, have full functional autonomy in its operation.

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Future Plans
Diagnostic Centres (Imaging)
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Achievements & International Linkages

NABH is an institutional member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA). ISQUA is an international body which grants approval to Accreditation Bodies in the area of healthcare as mark of equivalence of accreditation program of member countries.

ISQua Accreditation of NABH Standard , India

International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) has accredited “Standards for Hospitals” developed by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH, India ). The approval of ISQua authenticates that NABH standards are in consonance with the global benchmarks set by ISQua. The hospitals accredited by NABH will have international recognition This will provide boost to medical tourism.

International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua ) is an international body which grants approval to Accreditation Bodies in the area of healthcare as mark of equivalence of accreditation program of member countries.

So far hospital standards of only 11 countries viz. Australia , Canada , Egypt , Hong Kong , Ireland , Japan , Jordan , Kyrgyz Republic , South Africa , Taiwan , United Kingdom were accredited by ISQua. India becomes the 12 th country to join in this group.

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"A public recognition of the achievement of accreditation standards by a healthcare organization, demonstrated through an independent external peer assessment of that organization's level of performance in relation to the standards".

Accreditation benefits all stake holders. Patients are the biggest beneficiary. Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients get services by credential medical staff. Rights of patients are respected and protected. Patient satisfaction is regularly evaluated.

The staff in a accredited hospital are satisfied lot as it provides for continuous learning, good working environment, leadership and above all ownership of clinical processes.

Accreditation to a hospital stimulates continuous improvement. It enables hospital in demonstrating commitment to quality care. It raises community confidence in the services provided by the hospital. It also provides opportunity to healthcare unit to benchmark with the best.

Finally, accreditation provides an objective system of empanelment by insurance and other third parties. Accreditation provides access to reliable and certified information on facilities, infrastructure and level of care.


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    JCAHO Requirements for Hospitals

    By Barbara Aufiero, eHow Contributing Writer
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    The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) was developed in 1951 to set standards for hospitals and other facilities where patients are treated. The 2 main goals of JCAHO are to increase the quality of care for patients and to ensure patients rights. Hospitals must meet certain standards set forth by the commission to become accredited. These standards are detailed in The Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals (CAMH).


    1. In 2003, JCAHO set forth National Safety Patient Goals (NPSG). To provide a safe environment for patients, JCAHO-accredited hospitals must ensure that their staff members are properly trained and competent to perform the services for which they were hired. Understaffing and lack of security can put a patient's safety at risk. All staff should wear a hospital badge with a color photo for easy identification. Also, an annual risk assessment is required of the physical environment to identify unsafe conditions.
    2. Patient Identifiers

    3. At least 2 patient identifiers must appear on a blood sample or other specimen taken from the patient. Examples of patient identifiers are name, Social Security number or telephone number. These identifiers must also appear on a patient's wristband and any drug that is being administered to the patient to prevent mix-ups. Administering the wrong medication to a patient can lead to severe consequences, including death.
    4. Considerations

    5. Accredited hospitals are subject to comprehensive surveys. Surveys take about 3 days and cost the hospital thousands of dollars to conduct. Hospitals were once provided with ample notice, usually months, before these on-site inspections. This allowed the hospital to get everything in order, especially medical records, and prepare their staff for the inspection. But this has since changed; inspections are now unannounced and can occur at any time between the 18th and 39th month of the last accreditation.
    6. Benefits

    7. Hospitals with JCAHO accreditation also meet the requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Therefore, these hospitals are able to gain reimbursement for services rendered to Medicare and Medicaid patients. JCAHO can also issue citations to hospitals that are found to be in violation of a JCAHO requirement. If the issues cited are not rectified within a specified amount of time, JCAHO can revoke the hospital's accreditation.
    8. Patient Complaints

    9. JCAHO requires that accredited hospitals provide patients with the opportunity to file a complaint regarding the treatment received at the hospital. The hospital must acknowledge receipt of the complaint and follow up with the patient for additional information. Medical complaints concerning the quality of care received must be reviewed by the hospital's quality risk department.

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