Systematic provision of services for external clinics in trauma surgery
At the request of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the state of Berlin has designated the Campus Virchow-Klinikum as the first trauma centre. This also includes the care of seriously injured young patients in a paediatric traumatology reference centre. This is based on the centre regulations of the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA). With the trauma centre, the Charité now has a total of four G-BA centres with the Berlin Centre for Rare Diseases (BCSE), the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCCC) and the German Heart Centre of the Charité (DHZC).
Prof. Dr. Martin E. Kreis, Member of the Board for Health Care, classifies the step: “Traumatology at the Campus Virchow-Klinikum is already of outstanding importance for the health region. With the appointment as a G-BA centre, this special position is recognised and made visible. In the future, even more patients will benefit from the expertise and the provision of certain services of the Charité. In addition, the exchange and networking with other service providers is also promoted. This has many advantages, such as improved and needs-based patient care as well as research and knowledge transfer.”
The designation as a G-BA Trauma Centre makes it possible to expand the digital structures at the state level, to provide telemedical services for external hospitals and to hold interdisciplinary case conferences with other hospitals. In addition, centre-related training programmes and comprehensive quality assurance measures contribute to ensuring and expanding high-quality care for patients with injuries of all degrees of severity. In addition, certain technical services are permanently available at the Virchow Clinic Campus, which enable a particularly high quality of care for individual traumatological cases as well as for major incidents.
Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Chairman of the Board of Charité, emphasises: “The G-BA centres are remarkable structures in the German health care system, which basically already realise much of what is specifically intended for university medicine in the reform proposals of the government commission on hospital financing. In concrete terms, this is the support of other hospitals via the centres themselves or via telemedical infrastructure as well as the coordination of regional care. In this respect, the allocation of these new tasks for the Charité is very pleasing and also a good, future-oriented development for care in Berlin.”
Since 2019, G-BA centres have been a structure regulated at federal level that enables hospitals in defined specialist areas to systematically provide services for other hospitals or the patients they treat and to receive refinancing for this. In addition, certain structures for the provision of services can be subsidised. For this, demanding criteria must be met on the one hand, and on the other hand the respective federal state must explicitly assign this prominent role to the hospital – individually for each of the currently nine possible specialist areas for G-BA centres.
Charité project team: Andy Bloch, Stabsst. Prof. Kreis, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stöckle, Managing Director CMSC, PD Dr. Sven Märdian, Deputy Director CMSC, Maximilian Schmidt, Project Manager GB Strategic Development © Charité | Simone Baar
Centre for Musculoskeletal Surgery (CMSC)
Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)
Centre regulations G-BA