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The Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21 (the Pricing Framework) is the key strategic document underpinning the National Efficient Price (NEP) and National Efficient Cost (NEC) Determinations for the financial year 2020-21.
IHPA has issued the Pricing Framework prior to releasing the NEP20 and NEC20 Determinations, which will be publicly available in March 2020, with the intention of providing an additional layer of transparency and accountability.
There is a growing discussion in Australia and internationally about the need to increase focus on delivering value-based health care with a focus on patient outcomes and experience.
IHPA’s Pricing Guidelines and the National Health Reform Agreement include provisions for IHPA to consider the impact on its work of evidence‑based, effective new technologies and innovations in models of health care.
The Clinical Coding Practice Framework aims to support national consistency in clinical coding practice, by providing guidance in defining and promoting good practices for those involved in the clinical coding process.
It was developed by the Health Information Management Association of Australia in conjunction with the Clinical Coders’ Society of Australia, and incorporated feedback from public consultation.
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.
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.
The Impact of New Health Technology Framework (the Framework) outlines the process by which IHPA, via its Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC), will monitor and review the impact of new health technologies on the existing classifications in order to accurately account for them in the pricing of public hospital services.
In consultation with the CAC, IHPA will:
As prescribed in Section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011, the objectives of the IHPA Work Program are to:
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) released its Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21. Public consultation was open from Friday, 14 June to 5:00pm Monday, 15 July 2019.
IHPA requires accurate activity, cost and expenditure data from jurisdictions on a timely basis in order to perform its core determinative functions. This data plan sets out IHPA's seventh rolling Three Year Data Plan, covering the period 2019-20 to 2021-22. The Three Year Data Plan specifies the data requirements and timelines that IHPA will use to collect data over the next three years.