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Costing Group Review Meeting (2012/13 Financial Year Data) - 6-7 March 2014


Thursday, 6 March 2014 - Friday, 7 March 2014

Meeting Code

Novotel on Collins
270 Collins St

Would you like more information?
Chris O'Gorman +61 417 037 039
chris.o'[email protected]

 ABF goes live in July 2014!  Get ahead of the game and be prepared to discover your profit and loss making clinical services under ABF and to find huge savings opportunities!

  • Join the Clinical Costing Improvement Group for 2014, and we will collect and report all your Emergency Department, Inpatient (including mental health and sub-acute), and Outpatient costs for 2013/2014.
  • We will benchmark your costs with your peers and show you how to identify huge savings opportunities!
  • We will also show your profit and loss reports using your own NWAU prices. Just enter the price for your jurisdiction and instantly see how much you are making or losing for each episode, clinical service, Department, all Programs and your entire Health Service.
  • New group members are also invited to attend the March 2014 meeting in Melbourne to review the 2012/2013 data and reports.
The focus in 2014 will be on embedding costing as an effective management tool in an ABF environment.  Click here for information brouchure
Please register your delegates by 17 February 2014.

Delegate Registrations may be cancelled up 27 February 2014 with a full credit of monies paid.  After that date, no credits are possible. However, you may substitute a different person for those registered at any time. Hotel and airfare arrangements are separate, and may have different policies regarding cancellations and name changes. Please contact them directly.

Note: Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements. If you require accommodation please book before 3 February 2014Requests for accommodation after this date will be subject to availability at the time of booking. Please see accommodation information below.



Day 1 – Thursday 6 March 2014


Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee


Welcome & Introductions

Overview of Health Roundtable Costing Results for 2012/13


IHPA Review of 2013 and Planned Changes for 2014

James Downie – Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

James will update us on the Pricing Framework for 2014/15, progress on pricing ED, Sub-acute, Outpatients and Inpatient Mental Health; annual cost collection and other key issues in the lead up to going live with ABF from 1 July 2014.


Morning Tea/Informal Discussions

11.00–12.00 noon

Regional Updates on ABF Progress & Issues (10 mins each)

Each jurisdiction to provide an update on key issues members are facing on ABF and related matters in that jurisdiction including:

  • Price for 2013/14 & 2014/15
  • Variations to Commonwealth model
  • Key Budget challenges
  • Other


Group Discussion by Region

Delegates will split into regional groups to share thoughts and ideas about ABF progress and identify key tasks for 2014.




Innovations Poster Session

Using Costing as an effective Management Tool to improve efficiency and quality in Health Service Management and patient care.

Delegates put up posters around the wall.

Presenters stand by their posters and give a 90 second elevator pitch outlining the key messages about the problem and the outcome.

Delegates will walk around and review and discuss all presentations.


Afternoon Tea


Top 3 Innovations!

Presenters of the top 3 innovations by the group will share an overview of the innovations with time for questions.


Costing Data Review – 2012/13 Results & New Reports

Overview of suite of Costing Reports for Inpatients/Emergency/Outpatients:

  • Standard Cost Comparison
  • Inpatient Briefings
  • “Profitability” Reports & Flexible Pricing Option


Group Dinner (Optional) – Bluestone Restaurant, 349 Flinders Lane

Day 2 – Friday 7 March 2014


Arrival Tea & Coffee


Review of Day 1 Issues


Finding Million Dollar opportunities in your data:

  • Using “top 10” reports
  • Finding the “exemplars”
  • Using standardised cost reports
  • Reducing Cost and Improving Quality
  • Discussing opportunities with exemplar organisations


Improving Cost comparability between Health Services and Jurisdictions

Ø  Results from Compliance Checklist


Morning Tea


Cost Allocation - Small group discussion on improving compliance

  • Inpatients
  • Emergency
  • Outpatients
  • Buckets


Hot Issues Walk Around

Questions raised by Delegates will be posted around the room for delegates to post suggestions, identify exemplars.




Where to from here with Cost Benchmarking?

  • Are we benchmarking the right things?
  • Are there too many reports? Are we missing any?
  • Are comparisons robust? How do we improve them?
  • Are they relevant to line/Clinical Managers?
  • How do we embed Costing KPIs into the mainstream of performance measurement?
  • How to integrate Roundtable “high level” reports with detailed Health Service cost data?
  • Patient Journey costing – is this a priority?
  • Other ideas to improve reports.


Hospital Team Planning

Health Service teams meet to plan next steps in making cost benchmarking more relevant and prevalent in the workplace and at Executive and Board table:

  • What ideas can we implement at our Health Service?
  • Developing an Aim Statement
  • Summarising the Plan


Afternoon Tea



Ask HRT!

Getting Traction and understanding Clinical Costing Reports – questions and queries answered by the Team.


Meeting Concludes



Accommodation & Travel/Flight Arrangements

 Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements. The Novotel Melbourne on Collins has set aside rooms for the nights of 5 & 6 March 2014 for The Health Roundtable as follows:

      Room Type                                                                    Room rate breakfast x 1

      Standard Queen Room (Single)                                                                        $227

      Deluxe King Room                                                                                            $257

      Executive Room                                                                                               $287

The above rates are inclusive of GST and based on single occupancy per room per night and include a full buffet breakfast in the Lane Cafe & Restaurant.

Delegates may contact the hotel direct on +61 3 9667 5800 and speak to Reservations, or email [email protected] and quote the BLOCK CODE: CHAPPELLDEANPT_002 to receive the conference rate.  Or click here to go direct 

 To reserve one of these rooms please book before 3 February 2014

Any additional room nights required after this date will be subject to hotel availability at the time of booking.