The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) is an independent statutory authority established under Commonwealth legislation on 15 December 2011 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) reached by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in August 2011.
The NHRA sets out the intention of the Australian Government and state and territory governments to work in partnership to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) was a key element of the NHRA, and is charged with determining the National Efficient Price (NEP) for public hospital services, allowing for the national introduction of activity based funding (ABF).
The implementation of ABF will improve transparency, and strengthen incentives for efficiency in the delivery of public hospital services.
Pricing AuthorityThe Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority or IHPA) established in December 2011 gives independent and transparent advice in relation to funding for public hospitals by determining the national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals and publishing this and other information in a report each year.
The Pricing Authority consists of a Chair, Deputy Chair and seven other members, with the Commonwealth choosing the Chair, the states and territories the Deputy Chair, and all other members are agreed through COAG. Members of the Pricing Authority bring significant expertise and skills to the role, including substantial experience and knowledge of the health care needs and the provision of health care for people living in regional and rural areas. The Pricing Authority is supported by a Chief Executive, who is responsible for the day to day running of the agency.
Mr Shane Solomon (Chair)
Mr Jim Birch (Deputy Chair)
Mr Alan Morris
Associate Professor Bruce Chater (OAM)
Professor Jane Hall
Mr Glenn Appleyard
Dr Michael Walsh
Mr Alan Bansemer
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