General assembly of members
At the assembly in May, ANQ members unanimously approved the Annual Report and the Annual Financial Statement for 2018. They discharged the board and re-elected the supervisory body for another year.
For the current term of office up to 2021, the assembly appointed an additional member to the board to replace Dr. med Thomas Meier, senior consultant at St. Gallischen Psychiatrie-Dienste Süd (St Gallen Psychiatric Services – PDS), who stepped down due to reaching retirement age. H+ nominated Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Kawohl as his successor. The hospital director and senior consultant at Psychiatrischen Dienste Aargau AG (Aargau AG Psychiatric Services – PDAG) was unanimously elected.
The board also updated the assembly on the proposed funding plan. The aim is to secure long-term funding. However, in light of the political developments in the healthcare sector, and the revision of Article 58 of the KVG in particular, it will be necessary to await developments. These changes will have a direct impact on ANQ’s future role and range of services. In 2019, the board promised to survey the members with regard to a review of current status.
Link to review of current status
The 2020 budget and the 2020 membership contributions, which remained unchanged, were approved by the members at their November meeting. They also took note of the financial plan for 2021-23, as well as the fact that financial resources will become increasingly squeezed in future and that securing funding will become an even more pressing concern.
The members of the board convened for six regular meetings in 2019. Additionally, they met for the annual summer retreat and a special strategy meeting in late autumn.
In the year under review, in addition to the review-specific topics from all departments, the board dealt mainly with the following agenda items:
It decided to implement
- An evaluative status review of all key stakeholders
- The establishment of a “Strategy Work Group”
- The launch of a pilot project to audit the prevalence review of falls and pressure ulcers
- The Annual Report and Annual Financial Statement for 2018 for submission to the General Assembly
- The 2020 budget for submission to the General Assembly
- New financial regulations
- Revised operational regulations
- Updated recommendations on “The use of ANQ data for research”
- An updated interpretative document on “Basic principles and stipulations for ANQ publications”
- Various proposals and reports from all departments and others relating to interdisciplinary patient satisfaction
- A proposal for pilot reviews in the hospital outpatient sector, taking into account PROMs (patient-reported outcome measures)
- A draft contract for submission to the administrative office for extending ANQ reviews in the psychiatry outpatient sector
- A proposal for a National Register for spinal implants (SIRIS Spine)
- Revision of the Review Plan rehabilitation from 2021
- Revised assignments of the Acute Care Quality Committees (QC)
- Appraisal and election of new QC members in all ANQ departments
Discussions and information
- Findings from the multi-level evaluative status review, scenarios for the future orientation of ANQ
- News about the revised KVG at the federal level
- Financial Plan 2021-23
- Improved recommendations for the establishment and operation of healthcare registers
Executive Work Groups
- The “KVG and Quality WG” met twice in 2019. Following the annual retreat, it became clear that fundamental strategic issues had to be resolved first. For this reason the board dissolved the WG once again.
- The “Strategy WG” prepared a special strategy meeting in November and further special meetings for 2020.
- The “Finance WG” dealt with the financial regulations and preparations for the 2019 Annual Financial Statement and the 2020 budget.
- The “Hospital Outpatient WG” prepared draft contents and also dealt with questions concerning quality indicators, reviewing tools and review funding.
Besides its day-to-day activities, in 2019 the administrative office performed additional work and dealt with special tasks, for example, regarding the implementation of revised article 58 of the KVG and its impact on ANQ. At the beginning of the year, it began preparations for the anniversary event in Bern in mid-September. It was kept busy by the organisation of Q-Day 2020, especially toward the end of 2019.
Numerous public activities were planned during the year under review. ANQ senior management and the department heads shared their many years of experience and expertise with the public. These skills were also sought after in discussions with other organisations and in various committees.
During a retreat, the team looked at the future of ANQ’s departments under the changed circumstances. They took on the assignment in an active and energetic manner and developed a corresponding competence matrix. The annual performance review in 2019 turned into an innovative discussion on the current situation (APR 2.0). And the annual report underwent a permanent switch from print to online publication; in future, the contents will be integrated directly into the current website.
In February 2019 Carole Reist became the latest addition to the team. She took over secretarial and reception duties from Mirjam Krähenbühl, who left ANQ at the end of January.