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The Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21 (the Pricing Framework) is the key strategic document underpinning the National Efficient Price (NEP) and National Efficient Cost (NEC) Determinations for the financial year 2020-21.
IHPA has issued the Pricing Framework prior to releasing the NEP20 and NEC20 Determinations, which will be publicly available in March 2020, with the intention of providing an additional layer of transparency and accountability.
The Fundamental Review of the National Efficient Price (NEP) was commissioned by IHPA to review the methodology underpinning the National Pricing Model. IHPA engaged Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to independently perform the review in close consultation with IHPA’s advisory committees.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority) is established under the National Health Reform Act 2011 (Cth) (the Act), and by virtue of Section 131(1) of the Act is invested with the following functions relevant to this National Efficient Price (NEP) Determination 2019-20 (Determination):