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Federal Council approves legislative packages to support the health sector in coping with the corona epidemic

  • Hospitals receive financial compensation for postponed scheduled operations and treatments in order to keep capacity free for treating patients with coronavirus infection. For each bed that is not occupied between March 16, 2020 and September 30, 2020, or for each patient who has not been treated as an inpatient compared to the previous year, the hospitals receive a flat rate of 560 euros per absent patient and day . The compensation is paid from the liquidity reserve of the health fund and refinanced from the federal budget.

  • Hospitals receive a bonus of 50,000 euros for every additional intensive care bed they create. The costs for this are financed from the liquidity reserve of the health fund. In addition, the federal states are to finance further necessary investment costs in the short term.

  • For additional costs, especially for personal protective equipment, hospitals will receive a surcharge of 50 euros per patient from April 1 to June 30, 2020, which can be extended and increased if necessary.

  • The so-called "provisional maintenance fee value" is increased to 185 euros. This improves the liquidity of the hospitals and will also lead to considerable additional income for the clinics.

  • The auditing of invoices by the medical service will be comprehensively facilitated to relieve the hospitals, the so-called "fixed cost degression deduction" will be suspended for the year 2020 and significantly more flexibility will be given in the income equalization.

  • The liquidity of the hospitals will be further strengthened this year by a payment period that has been shortened to five days.

  • Under certain conditions, preventive and rehabilitation facilities can also provide hospital services to relieve the hospitals.

  • Preventive care and rehabilitation facilities receive a - proportionate - financial compensation for unoccupied beds from the liquidity reserve of the health fund for a limited period of time.

  • Resident physicians and psychotherapists are protected in the event of an excessive drop in sales due to a lower level of use by patients with compensation payments and with prompt adjustments to the fee distribution.

  • The associations of statutory health insurance physicians receive the additional costs for the financing of extraordinary measures that are necessary during the existence of the epidemic emergency (such as the establishment of "fever clinics") from the health insurance companies.

  • The compensation payments for keeping bed capacities free through the postponement of predictable operations, interventions and admissions in hospitals mean additional expenditure for the federal government in the amount of around 2.8 billion euros in 2020. For the statutory health insurance, the aid package in the hospital sector will result in an estimated amount this year Additional expenditure of around 6.3 billion euros, of which 1.5 billion euros are financed directly from the health fund's liquidity reserve. The additional expenditure in the area of ​​statutory medical care cannot be quantified.

  • The outpatient and inpatient care is relieved by the temporary suspension of quality tests, changes in the implementation of assessments and the waiver of the - under applicable law - mandatory consultation visits to those in need of care.

  • A regulation gives care facilities the security that they will be reimbursed through long-term care insurance for the extraordinary expenses or loss of income caused by the pandemic.

  • In order to maintain the supply, it is possible, in particular, to deviate from the legal and contractual requirements and framework conditions for staffing. Long-term care funds are also given additional leeway to avoid gaps in care in the home.

  • Young people in training who are involved in the current crisis and make a valuable contribution to relieving the health system will not suffer any disadvantages when receiving BAföG under the Federal Training Assistance Act.