National Health Authority Current Affairs - 2020

‘Arogya Manthan’ event being organised in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the valedictory function of Arogya Manthan in New Delhi on 1 October 2019. At the event PM Modi will launch a new mobile application of Ayushman Bharat and ‘Ayushman Bharat Start-Up Grand Challenge’. He will interact with select beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat or PM-JAY and will also release a commemorative stamp on the occasion.

About Arogya Manthan

It is a two-day national workshop which is being organised by National Health Authority (NHA) to mark the first year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat or PM-JAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana). The PM-JAY was launched on 23rd September 2018.

Objective of Arogya Manthan:

  • To provide a platform to meet all important stakeholders of PM-JAY and discuss challenges faced in the implementation of the scheme in 2018.
  • To forge a new understanding and create pathways towards improving implementation.

About National Health Authority (NHA)

On 2 January 2019 Centre government approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as ‘National Health Authority’ for better implementation of PM-JAY. Therefore with this approval the existing society “National Health Agency” was dissolved and was replaced by National Health Authority.

The National Health Authority is as an attached office to Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

NHA have full accountability, authority and mandate to implement PM-JAY through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process.

Govt signs MoU with NATHEALTH to streamline delivery of services under PMJAY

National Health Authority (NHA) implementing agency of Ayushman Bharat, Centre’s flagship healthcare scheme has signed Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) to streamline delivery of services under Ayushman Bharat.

Key Highlights of MoU

Objective: Partnership between National Health Authority (NHA) and Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) aims-

  • To enable an ecosystem for industry partners within NATHEALTH network to participate in testing, piloting, adopting, funding and scaling innovations.
  • To streamline all innovations so as to ensure that it increases efficacy of service delivery of Ayushman Bharat.
  • To provide and enable a healthcare innovation ecosystem that supports healthcare innovators as well as provides them opportunities to partner and scale.

Need: In the time when plethora of healthcare innovations are happening across country, it is crucial to empower them by providing right support.

Significance:

  • This collaboration will provide an industry interface for testing innovations, providing mentorship as well as creating channels for facilitating support required for scaling these innovations.
  • This joint initiative will also bolster NHA’s effectiveness in implementing its innovation strategy, which is aligned with its vision of Health for All.
  • Partnership will help in linking PMJAY, industry and innovators thus enabling increased adoption of numerous inventions, leading to an increase in access to quality care delivered under PM-JAY.

About Ayushman Bharat

It is centrally sponsored scheme also known by Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) or National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS).

Launched: It was launched in September 2018 with aim to make interventions in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems in country so as to address healthcare holistically. It covers both preventive and promotive health.

Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS), an insurance scheme seeks to provide a health cover of up to Rs.5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation to over 10.74 crore vulnerable families. It provides a cashless and paperless access to services for beneficiary at point of service.

Significance: Since its launch under PMJAY more than 15,000 hospitals and health care providers have been empanelled across the country and around 26 Lakh people have availed treatment so far in several hospitals across country.