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The purpose of the Policy is to outline the processes by which IHPA adjusts for instability in the year-on-year price weights and adjustments.
The purpose of the Assessing Materiality of Changes Proposed to the National Pricing Model document is to outline the process IHPA follows when assessing the materiality of proposed changes to the national pricing models such as the introduction of new adjustments or alternative pricing policy approaches.
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.
The IHPA Data Access and Release Policy (formerly Information Release Policy) outlines the principles and processes adopted by IHPA in the discretionary access and release of data under the National Health Reform Agreement and the National Health Reform Act 2011.
The purpose of the Management of Confidential Jurisdictional Information Protocol is to advise jurisdictions of the processes and controls adopted by IHPA in managing confidential jurisdictional information as part of its rolling Three Year Data Plan.
As prescribed in Section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011, the objectives of the IHPA Work Program are to:
The National Health Reform Act 2011 (the Act), section 131(1)(f), provides that IHPA will determine the public hospital functions that are to be funded in the states and territories by the Commonwealth, except where otherwise agreed between the Commonwealth and a state or territory.
The Pricing Framework 2018-19 builds on the six 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 2018-19.
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.
The Pricing Framework 2017-18 builds on the Pricing Frameworks from previous years (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). For simplicity, where IHPA has reaffirmed a previous principle, the supporting argument has not been restated in this year’s paper.