Intoroduction of All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations('Kokuho Chuoukai')

The All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations (Kokuho Chuoukai) is an incorporated body established in January 1959 with the approval of the Minister of Health and Welfare. Its objective is to promote and achieve the healthy management and development of the NHI and Long-term Care Insurance programs, thereby contributing to improvements in social security and people's health.
Kokuho Chuoukai is composed of the 47 prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations (Kokuho Rengoukai).

Management system

The federation is managed by two organs: the general meeting, which is the legislative organ, and the board of directors, which is the executive organ.
The general meeting is attended by representatives of Kokuho Rengoukai, and the board of directors consists of the directors (20 to 25) elected at the general meeting from among Kokuho Rengoukai's representatives and experts.
Kokuho Chuoukai's officers and organization are as follows

Officers (as of April 26,2013)

President Seiya Okazaki(The Mayor of Kochi, Kochi)
Vice-President Yasuomi Araki(Town mayor of Kashima, Kumamoto)
Chief Director Masato Shibata
Executive Director Yukio Iiyama
Director Michimasu Ishiko(President,Hokkaido National Health Insurance Organizations)
Kenji Nakano(President,Aomori Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Tomohiro Sato(Executive Director,Yamagata Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Taichi Okubo(President,Ibaraki Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Soichi Toyama(Executive Director,Gunma Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Hisako Toya(Executive Director,chiba Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Masamichi Fukunaga(President,Tokyo Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Masashi Mori(President,Toyama Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Masaaki Kawai(Executive Director,Gifu Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Tomoyoshi Yoshida(President,Osaka Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Yoshiyasu Ueda(Executive Director,Nara Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Masato Matsuura(President,Yamaguchi Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Tadao Nishinari(Executive Director,Tokushima Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Narito Watariguchi(Executive Director,Nagasaki Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Shuichi Honda(President,Kagoshima Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Jiro Shimaya
Auditor Shigeru Horiuchi(President,Yamanashi Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Isao Takeuchi(President,Tottori Prefectural National Health Insurance Organizations)
Full-time Auditor Hiroyoshi Morimoto

Tasks of departments and sections

General Affairs Department
General Affairs Section Holding general and board meetings, management of the articles of incorporation and other regulations, affairs regarding personnel, salaries and office service, issuing and receiving documents, office management, staff welfare
Accounting Section Budgeting, settlement of accounts, accounting in general, holding auditors' meetings
Training Section Planning and designing training programs for Kokuho Rengoukai personnel and others involved in NHI, holding training courses
Planning Department
Planning and
Investigation Section
Investigations, research and planning concerning social security systems, investigations, research and collection and preparation of materials concerning NHI and other social insurance programs
Project Section Matters concerning improvement and reinforcement of the NHI System, nationwide adjustment of medical fees between prefectures, joint performance of tasks concerning very high-cost medical care, matters concerning campaigns for strengthening NHI (the new NHI 3% movement)
Health Program Department
Health Program Section Planning, investigations, and research on health programs, guidance and support for health programs to Kokuho Rengoukai, support to health programs of NHI insurers (municipalities), matters concerning the promotion of programs for improving the health of the elderly, matters concerning systems for providing information on promoting and supporting health care at home
Long-Term Care Insurance Department
Long-term Care
Insurance Section
Research and development and maintenance of Kokuho Rengoukai's review and payment systems, nationwide adjustment of nursing care expenses between prefectures, and other matters concerning the Long-term Care Insurance System
Public Relations Department
First Public
Relations Section
Editing and issuing the bulletin "NHI Newspaper," "NHI Monthly" and "NHI Information," collecting and filing information, supporting Kokuho Rengoukai's public relations activities, other matters concerning public relations and publicity
Second Public
Relations Section
Planning, editing, and issuing a variety of publications
Computer Management Department
Computer
Management Section
Research and development and management of computer processing systems for medical fee claims from doctors and joint computer processing systems of insurers' tasks, research and development on the automation of medical fee reviews and payment tasks
Review Department
Review Management
Section
Research on medical fee reviews and paying systems, communication and coordination with Kokuho Rengoukai concerning medical fee reviews and payment tasks
Review Section Special reviews of medical fee claims submitted to Kokuho Rengoukai that have 420,000 points or more for doctors, 200,000 points or more for dentists, or 4,000 points or more for Chinese medicine doctors, per month (one point =エ10), matters concerning the special review committee for NHI medical fees
Location
All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations
Zenkoku ChosonKaikan Bldg., 11-35, Nagata-cho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 〒100-0014
Tel.03-3581-6821 Fax.03-3581-3523