Quality Assurance Policies and Indicators for Long-Term Care in the European Union: Germany
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 are responsible for external control, reporting and publishing the results of audits.
© 2012 Erika Schulz