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National Hospital Cost Data Collection, Data Request Specifications, Round 21, (Financial year 2016-17)18 December 2017
The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Data Request Specifications (DRS) list the data elements to be submitted to IHPA and include the validation rules which will be applied to the data on submission.
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.
Bundled pricing is where a single price covers a full package of care over a defined period of time, spanning multiple events and settings of care. The intention is for resources and funding to be easier for hospitals to manage, to allow financial flexibility to encourage improved models of care or greater standardisation of evidence-based care, and drive better service delivery in the long run which should lead to better patient outcomes and lower costs.
This report is prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports, as issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accountants Audit under sub sections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999. The report is a formal accountability document that details the activities of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) from 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017.
The Inter-rater reliability study final report was approved by the Pricing Authority in April 2017. The primary aims of the study were to test the inter-rater reliability of the mental health phase of care instrument, gather information about the clinicians' views of the mental health phase of care, identifying ways of increasing the clarity to reduce the ambiguity of the instrument, and to provide recommendations on how the instrument may be refined.
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.
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 fifth rolling Three Year Data Plan, covering the period
2017-18 to 2019-20.
The data plans of IHPA and the Administrator have been harmonised to provide a standard document structure and an appendix listing shared data collection.
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.
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 National Efficient Price (NEP)
Determination 2017-18 (Determination):
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 2017-18 National Efficient Cost Determination (Determination):
This document provides the technical specifications for how the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) developed the Activity Based Funding (ABF) models for the service streams to be funded for the National Efficient Price (NEP) and the National Efficient Cost (NEC) Determinations for 2017-18.
National Hospital Cost Data Collection, Public Hospitals Cost Report, Round 19 (Financial year 2014-15)2 March 2017
This NHCDC Australian Public Hospitals Cost report includes the results of participation across the various jurisdictions. The reports investigates a number of specific questions relating to hospital costs for admitted, non admitted and emergency department services. The report includes jurisdiction level data and the national cost weight tables.
National Hospital Cost Data Collection, Independent Financial Review, Round 19 (Financial year 2014-15)2 March 2017
The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) is the primary data collection that the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) relies on to calculate the National Efficient Price used for the funding of public hospital services. To ensure that the quality of NHCDC data is robust and fit-for-purpose, IHPA commissions an independent financial review to assess whether all participating hospitals have included appropriate costs and patient activity.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) engaged Ernst & Young (EY) to examine trends in the number of privately insured patients being treated in public hospitals and to identify factors contributing to observed trends to assess what impact, if any, the national ABF model has had in the utilisation of private health insurance by patients in public hospitals.
This Discussion Paper develops the elements of a Draft Pricing Framework for use by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in the national implementation of activity based funding (ABF) for Australian public hospitals.