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Consultation Paper on Bundling Arrangements for General Use Items on the Prostheses List

Date published: 14 September 2022

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) has released its Consultation Paper on Bundling Arrangements for General Use Items on the Prostheses List.

IHACPA is calling for submissions until 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 12 October 2022.

Advice on alternative bundling arrangements

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) has requested that IHACPA provide advice on bundling arrangements for General Use Items on the Prostheses List. The purpose of this advice is to support the private health sector in establishing alternative arrangements for the payment of benefits for these items once they are removed from the Prostheses List on 1 July 2023.

IHACPA will provide advice to the Department in December 2022. If required, IHACPA will provide the Department with supplementary information in April 2023 to assist with the interpretation and use of its advice on alternative bundling arrangements.

Consultation

The development of advice on alternative bundling arrangements for General Use Items will be informed by feedback to this consultation paper.

This consultation paper is the primary mechanism for all stakeholders to provide input into the development of IHACPA’s advice and provides an opportunity for public consultation on:

  • the data sources used to ensure that advice is evidence-based
  • the classification systems used to define bundles that are meaningful and fit-for-purpose
  • other issues of relevance relating to the purchase and utilisation of General Use Items.

A series of consultation questions that ask for feedback on the specific challenges and options have been included in relevant sections of the consultation paper.

While feedback is welcome on any issue, it is of particular value to receive views on the consultation questions in this paper. Stakeholders are encouraged to focus on questions and issues relevant to them and do not need to answer every question.

IHACPA encourages stakeholders to provide empirical information, such as observational data or analysis, to support submissions made during the public consultation process. IHACPA will ensure the confidentiality of any such information in cases where this is required.

Submissions

Submissions to the consultation paper can be emailed to submissions.ihacpa [at] ihacpa.gov.au or mailed to PO Box 483, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1300 by 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 12 October 2022.

All submissions will be published on the IHACPA website unless respondents specifically identify any sections that they believe should be kept confidential for commercial or other reasons. A summary of the consultation feedback will also be published in mid-December 2022.

If you have further questions about the consultation or require assistance with the submission process, please contact IHACPA via email at submissions.ihacpa [at] ihacpa.gov.au or by phone at +61 2 8215 1100.

Webinar

IHACPA is pleased to invite you to an online stakeholder forum to introduce the consultation that will guide IHACPA in providing advice on bundling arrangements for General Use Items on the Prostheses List.

This webinar will focus on the key considerations in the consultation paper, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the consultation and engage with IHACPA about its role in Prostheses List reforms through a live Q&A.

Speakers

  • Ms Joanne Fitzgerald, Acting Chief Executive Officer, IHACPA
  • Prof Kees van Gool, Executive Director, Pricing and Analytics, IHACPA
  • Dr Trent Yeend, Senior Data Scientist, IHACPA

Following the release of IHACPA’s advice, a second online stakeholder forum will take place in mid-December 2022 to present IHACPA’s advice and invite discussion on its interpretation and use within the private health sector.

Details

Webinar 1

  • Wednesday 21 September 2022
  • 12pm – 1pm AEST
  • Free

Webinar 2

Consultation Paper

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