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The hospitals’ Structured Quality Reports are to be drawn up on an annual basis by all hospitals which may provide benefits for persons who have statutory health insurance in Germany. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) establishes the requirements for these reports in terms of their content. Both patients and healthcare providers can use them to obtain information and orientation. The Quality Reports must be published on the hospitals’ websites, and patients must be able to find them easily.
The Structured Quality Reports are made up of three parts.
A1-A3: General contact information
A4: Regional obligation to provide psychiatric services
A5: Medical and long-term care provided by the hospital
A6: Other non-medical services provided by the hospital
A7: Accessibility aspects
A8: Hospital’s research and teaching
A9-A10: No. of beds and hospital’s case numbers
A11: Staffing of the hospital
A12: Individuals responsible for quality management at intra-institutional level
A13: Special equipment available
A14: Patient-orientated commendation and complaints management
Diagnoses acc. to ICD (B-(X).5)
Procedures acc. to OPS (B-(X).6) (German Operations and Procedures Scheme)
Out-patient treatment capacity (B-(X).7)
Admission to the procedure for transitory specialist treatment (“Durchgangsarztverfahren”) of the Social Accident Insurance Institution (B-(X).9)
C1: Participation in external comparative quality assurance
C2: External quality assurance in accordance with Land law
C3: Quality assurance in the event of participation in disease management programmes
C4: Participation in other external comparative quality assurance procedures
C5: Implementation of the regulations on minimum volumes
C6: Implementation of guidelines on structural quality
C7: Implementation of the regulations on further training in the hospital
The Federal Joint Committee provides practical information for German-speaking patients on its website in order to facilitate a better understanding of the Quality Reports. It also refers to Internet search engines on which Structured Quality Reports can be found and compared with one another.