True to its commitment of strengthening partnership with stakeholders, PhilHealth Regional Office II recently held the 2015 Health Care Institution (HCI) Summit in Tuguegarao City. It was attended by some 200 delegates composed of medical directors, hospital administrators, health care professionals and hospital staff, representing 108 PhilHealth accredited facilities.
With the theme “PHILHEALTH: Racing Towards Genuine Financial Risk Protection”, the Summit was aimed at strengthening ties and updating its partners with the latest policies of the National Health Insurance Program. This year's gathering was made more exciting and interactive with a gallery of services which was set up to feature the online facilities of the Corporation, such as the Member Inquiry and Case Rate Search Engine and the locally developed system, PhilHealth Hospital Information and Claims System (PHICS-Offline Claims System). Various assistance desks were also featured to cater to Claims and accreditation concerns and to encourage prospective Z benefit package providers. The gallery was highlighted by an exhibit of the PRO’s Civil Service Seal of Excellence Awards of the Local Health Insurance Offices of Tuguegarao City, Ilagan City, Santiago City and Solano, which fronts the services of the Corporation to PhilHealth’s clientele in the Northeast part of the country.
Armed with significant information and policy clarifications, a plenary of sessions spearheaded by Division Chief Dr. Salvacion S. Madarang of the Health Care Delivery and Management trumpeted new corporate issuances, which include the List of Procedure Case Rates, New Dialysis Package and New Benefits for Women About to Give Birth.
Towards the end of the summit, Regional Vice President Oscar B. Abadu, Jr. presented the compliance status of government hospitals to the “No Balance Billing” (NBB) Policy, alongside his proposal to private health care facilities to adopt the Fixed Co-Pay mechanism, with the commitment to incentivize participating hospitals by further shortening the processing of claims.
The activity was stamped by inking a Pledge of Commitment to support the implementation of the NBB Policy, through the ceremonial signing on the NBB Policy commitment wall by Abadu and lead-representatives of partners and stakeholders.
The day-long activity ended on high spirits as the participants eagerly tested the online systems and local innovations, while taking their “selfies” at the photo wall and at the cherry blossom- filled exhibit area. (END) (Ma. Angelita Crisostomo)