Palliative Care Services and ABF: From National Perspectives to Local Implementation
A Forum co-hosted by the ACI Palliative Care Network and Palliative Care NSW on 5 February 2014
From 1 July 2012 the way public hospitals are funded began to change. The funding allocated to LHDs includes a significant component based on patient activity or the level of service provided within agreed activity targets. The introduction of Activity Based Funding (ABF) is a key component of the funding reform in NSW.
Activity Based Funding for Sub and Non-Acute Patients (SNAP) Care Workstream commenced 1 July 2013. SNAP service types include palliative care, rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, geriatric evaluation and management and maintenance.
The forum provided the opportunity to:
- Receive updates on the implementation of ABF at national, state and local (LHD) levels with a focus on palliative care services
- Better understand current developments in casemix classifications for palliative care
- Reflect on and discuss with colleagues implications for the planning, costing and funding of local services.