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The Pricing Framework for Australian public hospital services 2019-20 builds on the seven Pricing Frameworks from previous years. The Pricing Framework is the key strategic document underpinning the National Efficient Price (NEP) and National Efficient Cost (NEC) Determinations for the financial year 2019-20.
This report was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Health Reform Act 2011 and section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. The report is a formal accountability document that details the activities of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) from 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.
As prescribed in Section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 (the Act), the objectives of the IHPA Work Program are to:
- set out IHPA’s work program for the coming year; and
- invite interested persons (including states and territories) to make submissions to the Pricing Authority about the work program up to 30 days after publication.
An extract of Section 225 of the Act is attached at Appendix 1.
This document provides the technical specifications for how the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) developed the Activity Based Funding (ABF) models for the service streams to be funded for the National Efficient Price (NEP) and the National Efficient Cost (NEC) Determinations for 2018-19.
This Discussion Paper develops the elements of a Draft Pricing Framework for use by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in the national implementation of activity based funding (ABF) for Australian public hospitals.