M. Sai Gopal
Derecognises eight super-specialty hospitals in city
The super-speciality hospitals ‘claim' CGHS bills without submitting the bank guarantee
CGHS also serves notices to top corporate hospitals, warns of confiscating bank guarantee
HYDERABAD: The Central Government Health Services (CGHS), Hyderabad, has removed eight super-specialty hospitals from the empanelled list of hospitals that provide medical services to patients covered under the insurance scheme.
The CGHS has also served notices to top corporate hospitals and has warned that their bank guarantee would be confiscated if they refuse to extend credit facilities to CGHS pensioners.
The super-specialty hospitals were removed from the empanelled list because they did not submit bank guarantee but continued to claim CGHS bills. The hospitals include Apollo DRDO, BBR multi-specialty hospitals, Medwin, Owaisi, Remedy Hospitals at Banjara Hills, Mahesh Hospitals at Himayatnagar, Unity Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma at Narayanguda and Ram Hospital at Jeedimetla.
A group of 23 super-specialty hospitals in city, which has formed AP Specialty Hospitals Association (ASHA), has been served show cause notices by CGHS, Additional Director, B.P. Vithal Kumar on March 1. In the notice, the CGHS directed corporate hospitals to respond within 10 days failing which their bank guarantee will be liable for forfeiture.
The processing of medical reimbursement bills of all these super-specialty hospitals from the capital have been put on hold.
The CGHS reimbursement bills to the tune of Rs. 27 crore are pending and the super-specialty hospitals are refusing to admit pensioners, covered under CGHS, till the bills are pending. CGHS authorities point out that none of the corporate hospitals from ASHA have submitted ‘comparative rates' or an undertaking that their reimbursement bills will not be more than the bills they submit to institutions like Railways, Midhani, NFC and Arogyasri.
Authorities are insisting on comparative rates due to ‘overbilling', which they maintain is done with impunity by private hospitals. “Despite repeated requests, private hospitals are not submitting their prices and annual reports for scrutiny. And yet, they continue to refuse admitting our patients. Those who continue like this will be derecognised,” warn authorities.