Health
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) was established to oversee significant reforms to improve Australian public hospitals. One of these significant reforms is the implementation of National Activity Based Funding (ABF) for Australian public hospitals. The implementation of ABF provides incentives for efficiency, and increases transparency in the delivery and funding of public hospital services across Australia. The IHPA's primary function is to calculate and deliver an annual National Efficient Price (NEP). The NEP is a major determinant of the level of Australian Government funding for public hospital services, and provides a price signal or benchmark for the efficient cost of providing public hospital services. The Authority undertakes several major areas of work designed to inform the annual determination of the NEP, including ongoing consultation with all Australian health departments, expert advisory committees, and key stakeholders. The IHPA works in partnership with the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to ensure that pricing, quality, and performance measures for public hospitals are complementary, and facilitate a strong national framework for the delivery of public hospital services. The 2014-15 Budget announced the Government's intention to consult with states and territories with a view to creating a Health Productivity and Performance Commission (HPPC) by merging the following agencies within the Health portfolio: - The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC); - The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW); - The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA); - The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA); - The National Health Funding Body (NHFB); and - The National Health Funding Pool Administrator (The Administrator).

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    National Health Reform Act 2011

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    1 July 2011

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr. Shane Solomon 1 February 2017 31 January 2022
Deputy Chair Mr. Jim Birch AM 1 February 2017 31 January 2022
Member Mr. Glenn Appleyard 1 February 2017 31 January 2021
Member Dr. Michael Walsh 1 February 2017 31 January 2022
Member Assoc Prof Bruce Chater OAM 1 February 2017 31 January 2021
Member Ms. Prudence Ford 6 October 2017 5 October 2022
Member Ms. Jennifer Williams 6 October 2017 5 October 2022
Member Dr. Kate Taylor 6 October 2017 5 October 2022
Member Prof. Jane Hall 1 February 2017 31 January 2020
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