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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:

Thursday 5 May 2022

11:00am - 12:00pm


Reimagining payment models to improve costs and care

Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Vice Provost, Global Initiatives, Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, Co-Director, Healthcare Transformation Institute, Professor, Health Care Management, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Dr Emanuel will cover a variety of promising alternative payment structures, including primary care capitation, surgery and specialty care bundles, salaries for certain medical specialties, and restructured end-of-life care payments. He will discuss evidence from his experience working with major United States insurers on innovative payment model re-designs and share his insights on the future direction of alternate payment schemes. He will also provide an overview on his future endeavour, the Comprehensive Care at Home Program, which looks to reimagine end-of-life care and promote home-based palliative care.

Introduced by Jennifer Williams AIM FAICD, Deputy Chair, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Live Q&A

Introduction to activity based funding with Prof Stephen Duckett

This is an opportunity for delegates who are new to the concepts of activity based funding to ask questions of Prof Duckett (Grattan Institute).

Introduced by Julia Hume, Executive Director, Data Analytics, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Panel session

Clinical perspectives on activity based funding

This session aims to give the clinicians' view of the challenges of working in an activity based funding environment including how they use activity based funding tools to drive improvement in their services. Panellists will also discuss what the impact of the introduction of safety and quality funding adjustments has been for their service by covering sentinel events, hospital acquired complications and avoidable readmissions.

Facilitated by Sophie Scott, National Medical Reporter, ABC News, Adjunct A/Prof, University of Notre Dame

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Educational session: 'Ochres, paint history and national symbols' with Gurrawin

3:00pm - 4:00pm


Delivering value, improving outcomes in a post-COVID world

Dr Sally Lewis, National Clinical Lead, Value-Based and Prudent Healthcare NHS Wales / Honorary Professor, Swansea School of Medicine

Dr Lewis will look at the many ways in which we can increase value across healthcare systems through approaches to improving outcomes that really matter to patients, and how we can apply value-based principles to a local context. She will explore how data can support value-based decision-making, focusing on technology requirements and the use of patient-reported outcomes. Finally she will take a look at funding considerations and possible approaches to using finance to address unmet need as well as incentivising excellence.

Introduced by Dr Zoe Wainer, Medical Director and Head of Public Health, Bupa Australia and New Zealand


Concurrent sessions

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Clinical engagement in activity based funding

Make it count campaign: Optimisation of allied health non-admitted activity collection
Kristy Perkins

Gaining and retaining clinical engagement with activity based funding - Ballarat Health Services model through clinical documentation improvement
Debra Pearce and Joanna Forteath

Impact of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery

Changes in NordDRG system to assure accurate grouping and funding of COVID-19 cases
Dr Kristiina Kahur

10 – 15 min live Q&A

Coding and documentation

Development of an effective alternative to chart based coding audits during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland
Jacqui Curley

Clinical documentation improvement - more accurate coding through good documentation
Kylie Holcombe

Development update for the Twelfth Edition of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS
Anne Elsworthy

Effective CDI programs – going beyond the traditional: a real case study with major results
Glenn Krauss

10 – 15 min live Q&A

Pricing and funding

Pricing mental health care using the Australian Mental Health Care Classification Version 1.0
Julia Conway

National efficient cost – fixed and variable model for block funding small rural hospitals
Amanda Lieu

Safety and quality

Incorporating risk into a price signal for avoidable hospital readmissions
Dr Samuel Webster

Hospital-acquired complications: time series review and ongoing safety and quality improvement
Suraj Rasakulasingam and Amanda Walker

10 – 15 min live Q&A

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