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February 11, 2014
January 28, 2014
The January 2014 issue of Health Care Funding News summarizes the results of an evaluation of a P4P program in BC emergency departments and explores the P4P model being used by the National Health Service in England.
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January 7, 2014
Report finds major flaws in new long-term care funding formula: System remains inefficient, vulnerable to fraud
November 18, 2013
Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Value Elective Surgery: Experience from the Field: Attend the seminar in person or online on Nov. 22nd at noon (Calgary time).
November 18, 2013
British Columbia’s pay-for-performance experiment: Part of the solution to reduce emergency department crowding?
October 31, 2013
The October 2013 Data Bulletin examines the effect of the introduction of activity-based funding in BC on hospital quality, as measured by nursing-sensitive adverse events. Subscribe to our monthly Data Bulletins to follow our ongoing investigation of the effects of the introduction of activity-based funding in BC.
October 25, 2013
The IIR Healthcare Conference Series is hosting an activity based funding conference in Toronto on Jan. 29-30, 2014. Jason Sutherland will be speaking.
The latest from the Health Care Funding Blog
March 1, 2014
On February 25th the healthcare funding team attended the 26th annual Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) health policy conference held in Vancouver, BC. This year’s conference, titled “Performance Anxiety,” focused on the measurement of healthcare system performance; what is being done, how, and the impact of performance measurement on healthcare system change. Read more
October 9, 2013
In September 2013 we released a report called “The Alberta Health Services Patient/Care-Based Funding Model for Long Term Care: A Review and Analysis.” This report evaluates long-term care funding in Alberta. Creating an environment that provides cost-efficient, accessible and high quality LTC is a key objective for Alberta Health Services (AHS). Read more
June 30, 2013
The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research held their annual conference in Vancouver from May 28 to 31, 2013. The conference was well attended by the Health Care Funding team, and we gave a presentation about our evaluation of the effects of introducing activity-based funding in BC and a poster about linking costs of care across different parts of the health system. Read more
May 13, 2013
This site is about funding, it’s about how we fund healthcare, and about how we fund hospitals. It’s about how we measure and analyze the effect that different funding methods have on the healthcare so that, in the end, we can design better systems. To do this, we analyze vast amounts of data. We rely heavily on the diagnostic data captured in administrative data to adjust our comparisons for differences in the complexity of patients both over time and across hospitals. A crucial question for us and other health services researchers is, “how reliable are the data we use?” Read more
March 25, 2013
We pay people to do things. It’s an underpinning of western civilization, which has evolved to a point where we pay people to do more of things we want. This concept holds remarkably true right up until we begin talking about healthcare. In healthcare, we either do not pay people to do things better (often in public systems), or paying people to do things better doesn’t seem to work. Paying hospitals for what they do is common elsewhere. Read more