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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.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority) is established under the National Health Reform Act 2011 (Cth) (the Act), and by virtue of section 131(1) of the Act is invested with the following functions relevant to this 2018-19 National Efficient Cost Determination (Determination):
The Australian Hospital Patient Costing Standards (AHPCS) provide direction for hospital patient costing through the development of standards for specific elements of the costing process and reporting requirements.
The AHPCS Version 4.0 was developed through extensive consultation with jurisdictions and stakeholders. The AHPCS Version 4.0 comprises: