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The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority is committed to providing the Australian health care industry with a nationally consistent method of classifying all types of patients, their treatment and associated costs. Consequently, resources continue to be devoted to the ongoing development of a Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) classification system based on local clinical practice.
IHPA has developed a robust set of standard costs for the revised List of standard items associated with conducting clinical trials in Australia.
ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Ninth Edition was implemented between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 for classifying episodes of admitted patient care across Australian hospital services.
The ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS classification system is comprised of the following classifications:
The Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) Version 8.0 was implemented from July 1, 2016 and is the Australian Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) patient classification system that provides a clinically meaningful way of relating the types of patients treated in the hospital to the resources required by the hospital. AR-DRGs incorporate the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS.
The AR-DRG Version 8.0 is published as a set of three Definition Manuals described below.