Workshop on CMHIS for Guwahati hospitals held
Kohima, 16 June (MTNews): Speaking at the Workshop on Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS) at The Lily Hotel, Guwahati today, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Y Kikheto Sema IAS stated that it is the desire of the State Government to provide accessible, affordable, and universal healthcare services to all its citizens.
Accordingly, he said, the CMHIS was launched in October 2022 to provide health insurance to all citizens who are not covered under Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY making Nagaland the first State in the country to provide Cashless Universal Health Coverage. Thereby, the MR Scheme for government employees has been discontinued wef 1st November 2022 with the launching of the CMHIS, he said. However, Kikheto stated that there were numerous teething problems for the last few months, which are now almost settled.
Sema stated that under CMHIS, Employees and Pensioners were covered with insured amount of Rs. 20.00 lakhs per family per year and the general category with insured amount of Rs. 5.00 lakhs per family per year. He also clarified that CMHIS (General) category is implemented in convergence with Ayushman Bharat PMJAY platform while the CMHIS (EP) category is implemented in convergence with Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) platform.
The Commissioner stated that initially 1,444 hospitals were empanelled under CGHS, however, only few hospitals were frequented by patients from Nagaland. In addition, since the CGHS package rate is very low, he said many hospitals refused to provide treatment. In order to solve this problem, the Nagaland Health Protection Society and officials of H&FW department has now worked out revised rates and enhanced incentives ranging from 30% to 60% above the CGHS rates.
Sema stated that the State has decided to limit the number of empanelled hospitals who are willing to be on board and provide the best services to patients. He further stated that the relationship between the people of Nagaland and Assam is from time immemorial and in view of proximity and relationship, more than 50% of patients from Nagaland go to Guwahati for treatment. Therefore, the empanelment of Guwahati-based hospitals will be prioritised. As most of the patients seeking treatment from hospitals outside the State are of serious and complicated cases, Kikheto requested hospitals to provide best quality services as well as support facilities whenever required by the patients.
Kikheto also stated that the Nagaland Government has never defaulted payment of debt servicing to any financial institutions and assured that the payment of Hospital bills/claims will be paid within the Turn-Around-Time of 1 month. Hence, he requested the hospitals to treat/ heal Naga patients on priority. He also assured that the Government will be serious with zero tolerance on fraud as it will defeat the objectives of the schemes.
The workshop was attended by more than 20 hospitals including several reputed ones in Guwahati. The welcome and keynote address was given by Joint Director, H&FW and SNO, NHPS, Dr Kika Longkumer while vote of thanks was delivered by Medical Officer, Guwahati, Dr Chenjei Konyak.