10th Health Policy Workshop "Benchmarking Nursing Homes"

The Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), the Ministry Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center of Tilburg University (TILEC) jointly organize a series of 'Health Policy Workshops'. These workshops cover relevant and highly debated topics in health care, and provide a platform for knowledge exchange and discussion between policy makers and researchers working in this field.

14 november 2018
13:00 - 17:30
CPB-kantoor, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, Den Haag

Logos of the organizing parties


Nursing home care currently represents 13% of total Dutch health care expenditure and accounts for an increasingly larger share of public means. Moreover, the market faces a strong focus on quality, especially since the establishment of national quality standards.  In this context, regulation requires a model that both incentivizes cost-efficiency and quality improvements. Benchmarking provides a tool to compare performances between organizations. Its results may be used for incentive regulation, i.e. to reward or penalize organizations to obtain a higher overall quality level of nursing homes.

Several questions will be discussed during the workshop

  • What is benchmarking?
  • How can benchmarking be used in incentive regulation?
  • What are the quality issues and how could these be addressed?
  • what are benchmark for implications of policymakers regulation for policymakers?


  • Dr. Christian Berringer, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
  • Professor Per J. Agrell, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • Tessa Voesenek, Tilburg University, Dutch Healthcare Authority


13:00-13:30 Registration and tea/coffee
13:30-13:40 Welcome by chairman Misja Mikkers, Dutch Healthcare Authority, TILEC, Tilburg University
13:40-14:40 Dr. Christian Berringer, Federal Ministry of Health Germany
“Quality Control in Germany: What do we know about the quality of nursing homes?”
14:40-15:00 Coffee/tea break
15:00-16:00 Prof. Per J. Agrell, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
“Benchmarking, incentives and regulatory instruments in health care provision”
16:00-16:15 Coffee/tea break
16:15-17:00 Tessa Voesenek, Tilburg University, Dutch Healthcare Authority
“Connecting science to policy: benchmarking in the Dutch nursing home sector”
17:00-17:30 Refreshments

After each presentation, there is room for questions and discussion.

Practical Information


At the entrance of the building of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis you will be given two badges: an entrance pass that allows you to enter the building, and a name badge that you should wear during the whole workshop. A valid ID is necessary to enter the building. We kindly ask you to return both badges when exiting the building.


Attending the workshop is free, but the location requires us to limit the number of participants. If you want to attend the workshop, please register before the 7th of November at otherwise attendance cannot be guaranteed.

Concluding remarks

To enable free discussions, the Chatham-House rule applies to this Seminar: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed".


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