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This report is prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports, as issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accountants Audit under sub sections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999. The report is a formal accountability document that details the activities of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) from 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014.
The non-admitted study was comprehensive across a range of settings (e.g. outpatients, community and satellite clinics). Similarly all service streams were included regardless of funding source. This ensured that all services were accounted for and costed appropriately providing an accurate cost of delivering multiple services across multiple settings (e.g. overhead costs are apportioned across all patients).
The costing study on home delivered dialysis was undertaken in 2014. The purpose of the study was to collate and compare the range of costing studies and economic evaluations that have been carried out on these services over the past decade.
The report identifies two key studies - NSW Dialysis Costing Study, conducted in 2008, and Queensland Health Renal Replacement Therapy Costing Study, conducted in 2008 - which are useful in estimating the current costs of home-based dialysis.
PwC and its sub-contractor The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) engaged PwC and its sub-contractor SyRis Consulting to undertake a review and costing study of Australian radiotherapy services. The study was commissioned to determine the reliability of radiotherapy cost data due to its role in the development of associated price weights in both admitted and non-admitted settings.
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 2014-15 National Efficient Cost Determination (Determination):
(a) to determine the national efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded;