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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.
Following the completion of the 2016 Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) study to test the consistency of clinician application of the mental health phase of care, the poor to fair reliability outcome led to the commencement of the refinement project.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has developed the Australian Mental Health Care Classification Pricing Feasibility Report 2020–21 to provide an overview of the process undertaken by IHPA to shadow price admitted mental health services using the Australian Mental Health Care Classification (AMHCC) Version 1.0.
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.