Australian Centre for
Value-Based Health Care

July 2019 Newsletter

Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Newsletter

In a busy month for the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care we have held our official launch, released a number of research papers and hosted a webinar on implementing value-based healthcare procurement.

The launch of the Centre featured a case study presentation by Dental Health Service Victoria’s Chief Executive, Dr Deborah Cole, and Executive Director Value Based Healthcare Implementation, Susan McKee, on how Dental Health Services Victoria is transforming oral healthcare through value-based health care, along with a panel discussion on the future of value-based health care in Australia. Videos and a podcast of these are now available and further information is included below.

The papers released included an Issues Brief on reorienting funding from volume to value and another considering Australia’s alignment with a value-based approach. AHHA is actively seeking partners interested in developing issues briefs. For more information, contact Lisa Robey.

This month’s free webinar will focus on improving the patient experience. Details of how to register are listed below.
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Webinar: Improving the Patient Experience - How to develop a strategy by using data and digital solutions to advance person-centred care

26 July 2019 at 12.30pm AEST

Many health and care services are seeking to improve their patient experience (PX) and consumer engagement but are challenged in doing so. Some providers are measuring experiences in real-time, however while they are drowning in data, they are still starved of wisdom. In parallel, patients and carers are increasingly valuing empathetic care and a seamless, integrated journey.

Managers and leaders of the patient experience need to understand their current PX status and capability to know how to develop, deliver and evolve strategies for PX improvement. Alongside the regulatory requirements of Standard 2: Partnering with Patients PX leaders need to use data-driven approaches to system and culture improvement.

For more information and to register visit the website.

The August webinar will feature the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care discussing the State of Patient Safety and Quality Report. More information will be released shortly.

Roundtable: AHHA's Blueprint Refresh

2 September 2019, Brisbane

In 2017 the AHHA developed, with health leaders for health leaders, a blueprint on how to transform our healthcare system into a fit for purpose 21st century system that would meet the needs and expectations of Australians. Since then, the Council of Australian Governments has agreed a number of health reforms aligning with the recommendations put forward in AHHA’s Healthy people, healthy systems. The 2018 Heads of Agreement now signed by 6 of the 8 states and territories acknowledges the need for new long term health system reforms.

AHHA’s Blueprint Refresh Roundtable brings together AHHA members and other Australian health leaders to evaluate the progress made to date against Healthy people, healthy systems and to tease out key policy issues that need to be addressed in order to implement outcomes-focused, value-based care in Australia.

The Roundtable will be followed by a dinner during which the 2019 Sidney Sax medal will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research.

For more information or to register, visit the website.

Australian Health Review

The Australian Health Review is the peer reviewed journal of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association which is published six times per year. It explores major national and international health issues and questions.

The Australian Health Review recently featured an editorial by Professor Christobel Saunders discussing how and what data needs to be collected and measured to move towards value-based health care.

The Australian Health Review is currently calling for submissions of papers focused on value-based health care and we invite you to consider submitting your research. For more information on the journal and how to submit papers, please visit the website.

Launch of the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care

11 June 2019

The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care was launched in Melbourne on 11 June. The launch featured the presentation of a case study of how Dental Health Services Victoria is transforming oral healthcare through value-based health care along with a panel discussion of the future of value-based health care in Australia. Videos of the launch and a podcast of the panel discussion are now available.

Launch of the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care
Case Study: Value Based Health Care – How Dental Health Services is transforming oral healthcare
Panel Discussion: The future of value-based health care in Australia

Podcast of the panel discussion.

Webinar: Implementing value based healthcare procurement and contracts in the UK and Europe

24 June 2019

Robert McGough, partner at Hill Dickinson LLP, presented a highly engaging and informative webinar drawing on his experience developing value-based care contracts in the UK and Europe. Key steps in a structured approach to value-based procurement were outlined, including examples where suppliers of services, devices and other products were rewarded for achievement of outcomes. These included an example from Norway where payments for IV catheters were linked to data on patient reported pain and ease of use; and from Canada where a shared risk model was used in a procurement tender for an implantable device. It was noted that meaningful incentive payments were required to reward outcomes (for example 10 – 15%), along with payment for inputs and processes. Alliance contracting was highlighted as part of a transformational approach to value-based care (see AHHA’s perspectives brief on alliance contracting here). A case study was presented on the Lambeth Living Well Alliance, where alliance contracting across acute, primary and social care sectors and collaborative partnerships were used to improve the health and wellbeing of people with mental health and other complex care needs.  You can read more about the Lambeth initiative here ).

The recording of the webinar and accompanying slides are available in the past events section of the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care website.

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