Training on health insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department Officials: 7th-9th January’ 2014, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Institute of Public Health, Bangalore in coordination with State Health Systems Resource Center (SHSRC) Kerala and Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority of Kerala (CHIAK) conducted three days training session on Health Insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department officials in Kerala.The objective of the training was to give an orientation to the concepts and management of health insurance with focus on the operational and implementation issues related to Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) in public hospitals.

The training was heldon 7th – 9th January 2014 at SHSRC Campus, Kerala. Thirty six participants from six districts attended the training. The participants were superintendents of taluk hospitals, district medical officers, district program managers and pubic relation officers of taluk hospitals. Dr N Devadasan from Institute of Public Health and Mr Pappu, capacity building manager CHIAK facilitated the training sessions.

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Day one began with inaugural session wherein Director Health Services, Kerala, Executive Director SHSRC and CHIAK, Kerala spoke on the need for understanding of health insurance and successful implementation of Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) at public hospitals.  Dr Devadasan facilitated the sessions on Health financing, concepts and components of health insurance with group work.

On day two RSBY and other public health insurance schemes in India, overview of CHIS and CHIS Plus scheme with policy and process guidelines, presentation from insurance company on claim process and monitoring and evaluation of health insurance schemes were covered.

On day three, operational and Implementation issues of CHIS in public Hospitals were discussed in the presence of the insurance company. Dr Devadasan facilitated the discussion on operational issues between participants and insurance company in a structured way with possible solutions on issues as suggested by insurance company and participants. Mr Sukumar, Executive Director CHIAK gave his inputs throughout the three days of training.

Evaluation of the training was done through pre and post-test assessment with feedback of the participants.

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