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The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Work Program and Corporate Plan 2021–22 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 and section 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for the reporting periods 2021–22 to 2023–24.
This Policy outlines the processes by which the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority stabilises volatility in the year-on-year price weights and adjustments to ensure funding stability and predictability for local hospital networks and hospital managers.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) is responsible for relevant data collections to enable activity based funding. IHPA’s Data Access and Release Policy outlines the principles and processes adopted by IHPA in the discretionary access and release of data collected under the National Health Reform Act 2011. The Policy provides guidance as to how IHPA will determine whether to release data.
This Framework outlines the processes to investigate cross-border and cost-shifting disputes following a request by a health minister to ensure the timely, equitable and transparent management of these disputes.
A jurisdiction may request the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) to consider any legitimate and unavoidable costs in the delivery of public hospital services. The purpose of this Framework is to outline the process by which IHPA will assess submissions from jurisdictions on legitimate and unavoidable cost variations and determine whether adjustments to the national efficient price are warranted.
The Assessing Materiality of Changes Proposed to the National Pricing Model document outlines the process the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority follows when assessing the materiality of proposed refinements to the national pricing model, such as new adjustments for specific cohorts of patients or the application of modified pricing approaches.
The private sector National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) is a voluntary collection that produces a range of hospital cost and activity information by the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRG). This report includes the findings from Round 23 (financial year 2018–19) of the NHCDC for acute admitted care provided by overnight private hospitals.
The purpose of the Alterations to the National Pricing Model Framework is to outline the guiding principles and consultative mechanisms that IHPA follows when proposing and implementing changes that materially impact the application of the national funding model.
The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Report and infographic present the results from the Round 23 NHCDC (financial year 2018–19).
These documents describe the hospital costs submitted by jurisdictions for the following activity streams:
National Hospital Cost Data Collection, Data Request Specifications, Round 24 (Financial Year 2019-20)30 July 2020
The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Data Request Specifications (DRS) contain detailed guidance regarding the submission of Round 24 NHCDC data.
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.
Each year, IHPA publishes the General List of In-Scope Public Hospital Services (the General List) as part of the National Efficient Price Determination.
The General List defines public hospital services eligible for Commonwealth funding, except where funding is otherwise agreed between the Commonwealth and a state or territory.
IHPA has a role to investigate and make recommendations concerning cross-border disputes between states and territories, and to make assessments of cost-shifting disputes. This Framework outlines the processes to investigate these disputes following a request by a health minister to ensure the timely, equitable and transparent management of these disputes.
A jurisdiction may request IHPA to consider any legitimate and unavoidable costs in the delivery of public hospital services. The purpose of this Framework is to assist jurisdictions in making submissions to IHPA on this issue, to layout the process which IHPA will follow in assessing submissions, and the process to determine adjustments to the NEP.
IHPA recognises the need for the pricing of public hospital services to respond in a timely manner to the introduction of new health technologies and innovations in models of care.