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The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Work Program and Corporate Plan 2021–22 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 and section 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for the reporting periods 2021–22 to 2023–24.
A jurisdiction may request the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) to consider any legitimate and unavoidable costs in the delivery of public hospital services. The purpose of this Framework is to outline the process by which IHPA will assess submissions from jurisdictions on legitimate and unavoidable cost variations and determine whether adjustments to the national efficient price are warranted.
This Framework outlines the processes to investigate cross-border and cost-shifting disputes following a request by a health minister to ensure the timely, equitable and transparent management of these disputes.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) is established under the National Health Reform Act 2011 (Cwlth) (the Act), and by virtue of section 131(1) of the Act is invested with the following functions relevant to this National Efficient Cost Determination 2021–22 (Determination):