The Agency for Certification, Accreditation and Health Care Improvement of the Republic of Srpska (ASKVA) started in February 2011 continuous business cooperation with the Health Insurance Fund of the Republic of Srpska (the Fund) in accordance with their legally determined roles of institutions that should contribute health care quality improvement in the Republic of Srpska.
Both sides have, by signing a contract on cooperation, agreed on developing relations based on mutual aid and cooperation in order to monitor diagnostic related groups (DRG), quality indicators and clinical pathways.
In order to monitor quality and safety indicators in RS hospitals, ASKVA has developed an on-line application to collect data necessary to calculate defined quality indicators (the application).
By implementing the hospital payment system based on DRG in April 2011, the Fund recognized possibility of cooperation with ASKVA. By creating small adjustments, the application could be used to collect data on DRG of every hospitalized patient. The application is already available and used by all hospitals, and that supported the idea.
Since April 2011, the application is used for collecting the DRG data of all hospitalized patients as well, in the following RS hospitals: Clinical Centre Banja Luka, GH Gradiška, GH Prijedor, GH Bijeljina, GH Doboj, GH Trebinje, GH Nevesinje, GH Zvornik, GH Foča, GH Kasindo and Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Dr Miroslav Zotović”. The application is accessed through the ASKVA web site.