The Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, G-BA) has implemented major changes in order to cope effectively with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Josef Hecken, Chair of G-BA, said:
“In the current exceptional situation, whose further development cannot be reliably assessed at the moment, we have to free up all available human resources from nursing staff and doctors for patient care and therefore reduce bureaucracy and documentation requirements for quality assurance to an essential minimum. At the same time, we also have to protect insured persons, patients and medical staff from avoidable infections caused by unnecessary contacts and relieve hospitals and medical practices from routine tasks.”
The changes implemented affect:
- More flexible prescription options through hospitals
- Regulations on a tiered system of emergency structures in hospitals
- Further exceptions to quality assurance requirements
- Mammography screening: Temporary suspension of invitations
- Deadline regulations for the prescription of outpatient services are relaxed
- Drug prescriptions carried out more easily for repeat patients
- Disease Management Programs (DMP)
- Follow-up prescription of outpatient services also possible after anamnesis by telephone
- Patient transport
- Incapacity for work
- Centre regulations
Find more detail on these far-reaching changes in the G-BA press release here.