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Friday, March 21, 2014

CGHS row: Government suspends empanelment of five hospitals

CGHS row: Government suspends empanelment of five hospitals

New Delhi: Cracking its whip on hospitals denying facilities under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Government today suspended empanelment of five hospitals for minimum of six months.

Union Health Secretary Lov Verma
In a press statement, the Union Ministry of Health said that 24 out of 407 private hospitals empanelled under CGHS had decided to unilaterally to discontinue cashless treatment of CGHS beneficiaries across the country. The estimated number of beneficiaries of the health scheme is nearly one crore.

“Show cause notices stand issued to these hospitals and the empanelment of five Hospitals has been suspended for a period of six months or till further orders, whichever is earlier,” the statement said.

The hospital whose empanelment has been suspended were Fortis Escort’s Heart Institute in Faridabad, Delhi Heart and Lung Institute (New Delhi), two hospitals of M S Ramaiah Memorial Hospital (Bengaluru) and Fortis Hospital (Jaipur).

The stand-off between private hospitals association and the Ministry of Health turned bitter earlier this month after the amalgam of the private health care institutes demanded releasing of payments under CGHS at the earliest failing which they would stop providing cashless treatment to CGHS patients.

The statement sought to allay fears of CGHS beneficiaries and said the Ministry of Health will ensure that the CGHS empanelled private hospitals will continue to extend cashless and credit facilities to the eligible beneficiaries in compliance with the terms and conditions as laid down in the agreement signed with CGHS.

It said that steps had already been taken by the Ministry for early clearance of pending hospital bills on a priority basis and the pendency of bills is almost cleared.

About the demand for revision of rates, it said that the CGHS has already invited bids for revision of package rates through a transparent tender process and “steps are underway to conclude the tender process early”. The Government has also served show cause notices eight hospitals in Delhi, four hospitals in Bengaluru, 11 hospitals in Hyderabad and one hospital in Jaipur.



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