Support for ABF working groups

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 2011

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) engaged HealthConsult working in partnership with Health Policy Analysis for the purposes of: ‘the provision of casemix and activity based funding advice.’

A central element of the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement (NHHNA) reforms agreed at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in April 2010 was to introduce activity based funding (ABF) as the basis for Commonwealth funding of public hospitals. The COAG Health Reform Implementation Group (HRIG) was established to oversee the implementation of the NHHNA reforms. HRIG established an ABF Sub Group to provide advice on the implementation of ABF.

The consultancy involved providing initial project management support to help plan and implement the proxy classification systems for emergency, subacute and outpatient services. Health Policy Analysis directly oversaw the emergency and subacute care services. The objectives of the project were to support the HRIG ABF Sub Group and its Working Groups in the development of several documents including scoping/gap analysis papers designed to identify the critical infrastructure requirements to support the proxy classifications and other elements of ABF as well as identify gaps in critical infrastructure at a jurisdictional and national level. In addition, work-plans were developed including implementation timelines for the HRIG ABF Sub Group and each of its Working Groups to meet timelines outlined within the NHHNA and the 2008 National Partnership Agreement on Hospital and Health Workforce Reform.

These documents were delivered to the DoHA as the final deliverable for this project.