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Call For Abstracts - Activity Based Funding Conference, May 2015.

This release appeared today.
Media alert, March 2015

Activity Based Funding Conference 2015

Key industry leaders, health experts and practitioners from around the country and abroad will come together for the Activity Based Funding Conference in Adelaide from 27 to 29 May this year.
The Activity Based Funding Conference 2015 will focus on the broader aspects of Activity Based Funding (ABF) to promote discussion around driving transparency and efficiency in Australian hospitals.
Abstract presenters are encouraged to provide case studies that demonstrate how they are using ABF for more than funding and attendees will be encouraged to think about the wider implications of ABF data use in Australian hospitals.
A mix of local and international presenters will provide a range of different approaches to ABF application. Confirmed international speakers include Professor Keith Willett, Director for Acute Episodes of Care at the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom Dr. Sue Calikoglu, Deputy Director of Research and Methodology at the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).
The conference will feature a panel session with Commonwealth, state and territory government representatives to provide an update on progress across Australia in addition to an overview of the work completed by IHPA over the past year by IHPA’s Chair, Shane Solomon.
Workshops will be offered to delegates on Wednesday 27 May prior to the two-day conference. Sessions will cover an introduction to ABF, advanced management using ABF, developments in classifications, mental health care classification development and an explanation of the National Efficient Price.
For the full program and to register for the conference, visit www.abfconference.com.au.
To join the conversation, please follow @IHPAnews and #ABF15 on Twitter.
Activity Based Funding Conference 2015
Workshop dates
Wednesday 27 May 2015
Conference dates
Thursday 28 to Friday 29 May 2015
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
About the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)
IHPA is an independent Commonwealth agency established under Commonwealth legislation as part of the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) reached by the Council of Australian Governments in August 2011.The NHRA sets out the intention of the Australian Government and state and territory governments to work in partnership to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
IHPA is charged with determining the National Efficient Price and the National Efficient Cost for public hospital services, allowing for the national introduction of Activity Based Funding. The implementation of ABF will improve transparency, and strengthen incentives for efficiency in the delivery of public hospital services.
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Alison Wares, Communication Manager, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
T: 02 8215 1176 E: alison.wares@ihpa.gov.au       M: 0434 629 469
Abstracts - due by 20 March are requested on the following topics:
Topics for abstract submissions are included below.

  •  Activity Based Funding management
  • Using Activity Based Funding to drive efficiency
  • Costing issues at the hospital level
  • Embedding Activity Based Funding locally
  • Developments in classifications
  • Coding and documentation improvement projects
  • Other Activity Based Funding related topics.
Here is the link for abstract information:

Specialist stuff but some may be interested in either submitting or attending.

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