Accreditation Standard for Nursing Homes (ASNH)

Preamble

With the 21st Century well set in, we can now see many changes in Indian Industries. Healthcare has attained the status of Industry and is no exception to such changes. Today’s patients are well informed and come with high expectations. The nature of diseases have changed, which has made communication, response time & visible quality as important ingredients. Third party endorsement is common and well sought after.

Health awareness in India is on the rise and many doctors want their Nursing Homes to meet recognized standards. The expectations of patients have gone up and they are looking for third party accredited services.  

Nursing Home Standards:


Absence of an acceptable and recognized yardstick of standardized care at the level of nursing homes has led to the discriminating patients opting for major hospitals even for their routine healthcare needs.

Due to absence of standards for nursing homes, there was an urgent need to identify a set of standards which are practical, functional, affordable, transparent and effective in ensuring quality healthcare.

The task was to decide upon Operating Standards for Nursing Homes, both for infrastructure and for Standard Operating Procedures. This was required in order to make these facilities more reliable, user friendly & safe for patients as well as for healthcare workers. Due care was taken to make these standards simple to understand, easy to implement and cost effective along with overall improvement of quality in NH.

Objectives of Accreditation:
  • Create minimum / optimum / Excellent Standards for healthcare delivery in terms of infrastructure and equipments.
  • To follow standard operating procedures for health care delivery.
  • To assist Doctors in creation of a safe and infection-free environment.
  • Assist society, Insurance Companies, Corporate to select quality healthcare providers.
Professional competence of medical professionals and their decision of referral practice and clinical judgment in managing patients are out of purview of this standard.

Validity of certificate:


AMC & FEQH jointly will issue accreditation certificate which will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the certificate, subject to NH maintaining surveillance schedule. The ownership of the certificate will be with FEQH and NH will have to return the said certificate after expiry / withdrawal by FEQH due to failure on the part of NH in not complying to audit findings.

Reference book:
  1. For reference and adequacy of documents, forms, formats, records, consent forms, legal requirements for special procedures, suggestions regarding record keeping etc. NH can refer to the book titled    “Docusmart”   published by Association of Medical Consultants.