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Avon Advocates Improved Hospitals/HMO Partnership

Avon Quality Forum[/caption]Mrs. Adesimbo Ukiri, the MD/CEO of Avon Healthcare Limited, a leading Health Insurance company in Nigeria, has called for improved partnership between Hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).

Ukiri, who was speaking at the De Renaissance Hotel, Lagos, during the first edition of the Avon HMO’s Providers Quality Forum, a special training and awareness programme organized for staff of Hospitals under the Avon network, described hospitals as key players in the success of health insurance in the country.

She said: “We believe that hospitals have a crucial role to play if Nigeria is going to take Health insurance to the great heights that we all want. HMOs can make all the promises in the world to enrolees, but it is through the hospitals that they (enrolees) will experience our service. In a sense, you can say that the hospitals are the taste of the pudding for enrolees. But we also understand that historically, HMOs have not partnered with hospitals the way they are supposed to. At Avon HMO, our hospitals are our partners, and that is why we are taking the lead in forging a mutually beneficial partnership with our care providers through this event.”

Also speaking during the event was Dr. Banjo Oni, Head, Providers Services Unit, Avon HMO. While expressing delight at the huge turnout at the event, Oni stated that the Forum was the first in a series of engagements intended to improve the quality of the service delivery that Avon enrolees enjoy from hospitals under the HMO’s network.

Oni added: “This is our first Provider Quality Forum and we are encouraged by the outcome. We have more than 200 representatives from our partner hospitals across the country in attendance and it has been an open exchange of ideas between our partner hospitals and Avon. We intend to do this every quarter and then go round the country with it. The ultimate aim is to work closely with our hospitals to improve the quality of service delivery, as well as understand the challenges that they face in the course of their work. At the end of the day, we want to step up the level of education, skills, capabilities and competences in these hospitals, both with the clinical staff and their administrative staff, in order to improve service delivery.

Maxwell Ubah, Motivational Speaker (2nd from left) seated with Dr. Banjo Oni (1st from left), Head, Providers Services Unit, Adesimbo Ukiri (3rd from left), MD/CEO and Kehinde Oyesiku (4th from left), Head, Business Development and Sales, all of Avon HMO during the Providers Quality Forum.

Avon Quality Forum

“Currently, we are looking at getting over 10 million subscribers into Avon HMO. But, in order for us to get to that level, we have to make health insurance attractive to those who are currently using it. If we can do that, then they will become advocates of the entire system, and that will help attract new subscribers.”

Speakers at the event included Mrs. Kehinde Oyesiku, Head, Business Development and Sales; Dr. Zelia Toje, Quality Improvement Manager, both of Avon HMO; and Mr. Maxwell Ubah, a motivational speaker, amongst others.

Also at the event were special prize presentations to three hospitals under the Avon HMO network which were adjudged to have performed well in service delivery and prompt filling of enrolees claims. The hospitals were:  Blue Cross, Afrimed Specialist and Bee Hees Hospitals.

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