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Quality Assurance Policies and Indicators for Long-Term Care in the European Union, Country Report: Germany. ENEPRI Research Report No. 104, February 2012

Schulz, Erika (2012) Quality Assurance Policies and Indicators for Long-Term Care in the European Union, Country Report: Germany. ENEPRI Research Report No. 104, February 2012. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    In Germany, quality assurance has enjoyed an important role in long-term care since the Act on Long-Term Care Insurance was introduced in 1995. The Act distinguishes three dimensions of quality, namely quality of the structure, the process and the outcome. Quality assurance is regulated by law at the national level and is differentiated into internal and external quality-assurance measures. The operators of care facilities have to ensure an appropriate level of quality in their services, facilities, staff and equipment. They are obliged to apply measures for quality assurance, to introduce a quality management system and to use expert standards. The providers of the benefits (the long-term care insurance funds and their Medical Advisory Boards) are responsible for external control, reporting and publishing the results of audits. The experiences so far with the external control system and the published transparency reports reveal some misleading results, however. The focus of the quality indicators on structure and process, and the procedures for compiling the results of the transparency reports have been at the centre of the criticism. A new reform of the long-term care system is planned, which must also take into account a new definition of being in ‘need of care’.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Public Health Policy (Including Global Activities)
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ENEPRI Research Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 17:04
    Number of Pages: 55
    Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 17:04
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33808

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