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The Mental Health Phase of Care (MHPoC) Clinical Refinement Testing Project aimed to determine whether refinements to the MHPoC recommended as part of the 2017 Clinical Refinement Project improved the reliability of how MHPoC definitions are applied by clinicians. This report outlines the findings from the testing and recommendations on the future refinement of the MHPoC. This report was approved by the Pricing Authority in May 2021.
As prescribed in Section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011, 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.
Following the completion of the 2016 Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) study to test the consistency of clinician application of the mental health phase of care, the poor to fair reliability outcome led to the commencement of the refinement project.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has developed the Australian Mental Health Care Classification Pricing Feasibility Report 2020–21 to provide an overview of the process undertaken by IHPA to shadow price admitted mental health services using the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC) Version 1.0.
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 2020–21 (Determination):