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This document guides costing practitioners on the steps to capturing end-to-end COVID-19 activity and expenses under the National Partnership Agreement (NPA). It identifies the principles to be applied, the scope of activity and costs to be funded, cost allocation methods and NPA specific cost centres for cost allocation. This document also introduces two new non-patient products and provides information on how to create and map intermediate products.
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.
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.