|National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians
|Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV)
|The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, also known by the acronym KBV (German – Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung), was founded in 1955 and its headquarters are located in Berlin. Its regulatory authority is the German Federal Ministry of Health. The KBV represents the interests of doctor and psychotherapists on the federal level and presents their position during the legislative process, especially in health policy matters. The association is also actively involved in negotiations on the range of services provided by statutory health insurance companies and the remuneration of doctors.
Furthermore, the KBV carries out a “security mandate” in accordance with Section 75 (1) SGB V, which is intended to ensure that all legally insured patients can receive adequate outpatient care.
The KBV is also responsible for planning requirements. Legislators introduced this instrument in 1992 to ensure that outpatient medical care is available nationwide and close to home. If a doctor wants to establish themselves and treat legally insured patients, this is only possible if his desired specialist area has not been previously blocked.
Application observations in accordance with section 67 (6) AMG or non-interventional safety tests in accordance with Section 63f (4) AMG must be reported to the KBV, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband), and the Association of German Private Healthcare Insurers (PKV).