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2021 Program

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) held its 2021 Activity Based Funding Conference from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 May 2021 as a virtual event.

Over the course of the three-day program, delegates had the opportunity to access a range of resources and connect online with leading professionals, utilising virtual networking features, such as group networking sessions, an interactive Q&A session, and the ability to book one-on-one virtual meetings through the platform.

With 47 eminent speakers presenting across three days, the program included:

Wednesday 4 May 2022

11:00am - 11:30am

Conference open and Acknowledgement of Country

James Downie, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

11:30am - 12:00pm


Future direction of activity based funding in light of new Addendum to the Health Reform Agreement 2020–25

Shane Solomon, Chair, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking session

1:00pm - 2:00pm


The future is already here – it's just not very evenly distributed

Dr Louise Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Health care is in a period of disruption like never before, but what are the forces creating this disruption? As policymakers, we need to understand the relevance of these on healthcare providers, payers and consumers. Then we need to consider what the implications are of this disruption on our current healthcare systems, structures, and functions and how the business model(s) of health adapt to deliver 21st century care?

Introduced by Shane Solomon, Chair, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Short in-session break


Concurrent sessions

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Data analytics and benchmarking

Innovative data linkage and analytics to drive health system transformation in NSW
Louise Fisher

"What if?": Data visualisation storytelling on health inequality
Owen Cho

An innovative and collaborative approach to improving hospital acquired complications (HACs) including an automated HACs portal
Nicole Payne and Jo-Anne Thompson

In measuring avoidable hospital admissions, risk adjustment itself cannot be avoided
Kevin Quinn

10 – 15 min live Q&A


Incorporating a measure of frailty into the Australian National Subacute and Non-Acute Patient classification
Renee Porter and Heon Lee

Review of the development cycle for the admitted care classifications in Australia
Anne Elsworthy

What to expect in AR-DRG Version 11.0
Ning Ding

Lessons from delivering an online study during a global pandemic: The Mental Health Phase of Care Clinical Refinement Testing Project
Cameron Lee and Jennifer Nobbs

10 – 15 min live Q&A

Value-based care

Framework for considering financial risk and feasibility for bundled payment introduction
Nikita Khanna

The impact of oncology bundled payments: What does it mean for Australia?
Lutfun Hossain

Using claims data to stratify a population by risk of 30-day readmission for transitions-of-care programs
Dr Gordon Moore

10 – 15 min live Q&A


The lay of the land: Understanding the purpose, design, and use of costing data in Australian health care
Prof Prabhu Sivabalan

Perspectives on using a costing study to provide an authentic educational opportunity for master of health service students
Prof Mark Mackay

Comparative analysis of public and private National Hospital Cost Data Collection
Sashi Nimmagadda and Divyani Bhatnagar

The non-admitted care costing study – what we learned and where to from here
Natalie Bryant and Deniza Mazevska

10 – 15 min live Q&A

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