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Activity based funding

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
Synonymous names:Help on this termABF
METeOR identifier:Help on this term651815
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018
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A method of funding health services based on amount and type of activity.

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Activity based funding in the context of health is a method of funding hospitals and health services whereby health services are funded for the provision of patient care based on the type and mix of patients they treat. A set amount is paid to the health service based on the relative cost of the group to which the patient is classified.

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Activity based funding has three essential elements:

Classification: Allocation of patients treated into groups which allow weightings to be applied. The groups should have resource use homogeneity (patients within a group should cost a similar amount to treat) and be clinically coherent (patients within a group should be clinically similar).

Activity data: Counting the patients treated.

Cost data: Determining the cost of treatment.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Reference documents:Help on this term

Department of Health 2013. Department of Health, Canberra. Viewed 2 September 2016,

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Has been superseded by Activity based funding Health, Standard 25/01/2018, ACT Health, Final 10/08/2018

Supersedes Activity based funding Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012

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Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Admitted subacute and non-acute hospital care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Recorded 04/08/2016

Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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