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Workshop program now available

The conference Organising Committee are pleased to advise all pre-conference workshops have now been provisionally confirmed.



Please note the program is subject to change and is current as of 3 October 2017.


Monday 9 October 2017

Dubbo Base Hospital site visit (Offsite)

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 1000 – 1430 
Location: Dubbo, NSW
Transport: Bus transfers from Dubbo Regional Airport; attending delegates are required to arrange their own return airfares. 
Total available spots: 20
Relevant to: Local and international delegates interested in how an integrated care strategy is implemented in a key regional hospital.

More information can be found here

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital site visit (Offsite)

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230 
Location: Camperdown, Sydney
Transport: Bus transfers from conference venue included in registration fee.
Total available spots: 20
Relevant to: Local and international delegates interested in how Activity Based Funding is implemented in a major metropolitan hospital.

More information can be found here

An introduction to Activity Based Funding

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230

More information coming soon…

Comparing apples – an introduction to healthcare classification development in Australia

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230

More information coming soon…

A smooth introduction to casemix for newcomers

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230
List of presenters/facilitators: Jean Marie Rodrigues, Dana Burduja & Terri Jackson
Target audience: This workshop will appeal to a broad audience, from coders to decision makers. 
Maximum capacity: 20
Workshop description: This workshop will give newcomers a basic knowledge of casemix. Participants will be encouraged to attend PCSI’s biannual casemix schools for further exploration.

The workshop will be structured as below:

  1. Introduction and basic principles: DRGs and casemix (Jean Marie Rodrigues)
  2. Implementing casemix systems in different countries (Dana Burduja)
  3. Casemix and quality (Terri Jackson)
  4. Discussion
  5. The schools of the PCSI (Jean Marie Rodrigues Dana Burduja)
  6. Conclusion
Using the AR-DRG classification system

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630
List of presenters/facilitators: Joanne Fitzgerald, Sean Heng, Anne Elsworthy, Ning Ding
Target audience: Clinicians, health information managers, clinical coders, data managers, health analysts, health service managers, those involved in DRG development.
Maximum capacity: 60
Workshop description: The workshop will be of benefit to persons who want to understand the AR‑DRG classification in detail, understand how the classification is continually developed and refined, and users of the AR‑DRG classification both in Australia and internationally who want to be informed and actively engaged in the development of the next version of AR‑DRGs. Topics which will be covered include:

  • An overview of the AR‑DRG classification, including key aspects such as how the data is sourced by clinical coding, the AR‑DRG structure and how the classification accounts for patient complexity
  • The AR‑DRG classification refinement process
  • Key changes introduced for AR‑DRG version 9
  • Major areas under consideration for the development of the latest version of the AR‑DRG classification

Learning outcomes: Basic understanding of the AR‑DRG classification, the AR‑DRG complexity model, the refinement process, the recent changes made for AR‑DRG version 9 and the areas being considered in the development of AR‑DRG version 10

Improving population health management through risk adjustment

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630
List of presenters/facilitators: Dr Stephen Sutch, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University & Dr Karen Kinder
Target audience: Those with an interest in population health and applications of risk adjustment across populations. Primary Care Networks, State Health Departments, analysts, care managers, coders, clinical costing staff, decision-makers, IT, researchers and academia, case-mix offices technical staff
Maximum capacity: 60
Workshop description: The Workshop will provide an introduction to the methods used in risk adjustment for population health, and the numerous applications within the integrated and ambulatory care sectors. Application break-out sessions to demonstrate and discuss:

– Case & Disease Management / Patient Identification
– Improving Coordination / Patient Identification

Each session will be comprised of presentations illustrating real world case-mix applications. The workshop will conclude by bringing participants back together to summarize the findings and provide an open forum for participants to discuss risk adjustment applications and challenges within their organisations and countries.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop participants have an understanding of how to apply risk adjustment and case-mix methods for to population financial, managerial and clinical management decisions.

Through break-out sessions and discussion participants will gain an understanding of analytic approaches to patient identification for community care management programs.

Any additional information: The Johns Hopkins ACG System will be used to illustrate the measurement of population health risk adjustment. For further information see

The case mix journey

Date: Monday 9 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630
List of presenters/facilitators: Jacob Hofdijk
Target audience: Health managers, policy makers, patients, researchers, consultants
Maximum capacity: 30
Workshop description: In the journey, which started with fee for service funding we have adopted casemix concepts to focus on the delivery of the healthcare as being a product with average costs and linked to clinicians. The next step was to shift to integrating care within the hospital. The challenge of multimorbity and the need for prevention has shifted the focus to the health of the patient. It resulted in integrated care in the healthcare network. The next big thing is to provide value to the health of the population. The workshop focuses on the Casemix’s role during this never ending journey.

Tuesday 10 October 2017

An international view with case studies and a look into the future of value-based funding

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230
List of presenters/facilitators:
Dr Mary E Black, Prof Beth Reid & Dr Vivek Muthu
Target audience: This will be of general interest to all conference attendees including students and those new to Activity Based Funding, casemix or patient classifications. This includes managers and decision makers who would like a clinical perspective on value-based care, and clinicians who would like to understand how value-based funding and its underlying patient classification systems work and how they can be used to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. It will be useful for anyone who wants to understand how benchmarking, costing, and classification systems play out in the real world and what ethical and other issues we need to consider. Care will be taken to make sure technical terms are explained clearly and the content suits a broad and diverse audience. This session will be accessible to all, from those with a technical speciality such as costing or clinical coding, through to practising clinicians.
Workshop description: Value-based funding (VBF) really should mean value based care (VBC) – without a relentless clinical focus we will not gain the support of clinicians, patients and the public. Changes to VBF can and should impact on the ‘triple aim’ of cost, quality and population and patient health outcomes. This workshop examines why VBC is now the front-runner for change world-wide, and how VBC can work in practice, exploring the concepts of integrated care, clinical management, quality and safety. The main drivers behind current technological innovations including electronic patient records, data management software and clinician feedback tools are explored. We will analyse some of the ethical and moral issues that arise and discuss barriers to change.
Learning outcomes: At the completion of the workshop the participants should be able to:

  • Explain how VBF works, including key terms and concepts, and future trends,
  • Identify the common clinical classification systems and how these are used in VBF
  • Discuss the role of the clinician in obtaining accurate data for VBF and how VBF can be used to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes
  • Discuss the ethical and moral issues that can be triggered by VBF and how they might be addressed

Participants requirements: None, but there will be the opportunity to discuss participants experience and views within the workshop.


Australian pricing models: understanding the NEP and NEC

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230 

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Funding safety and quality: the West Australian experience

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 0930 – 1230
List of presenters/facilitators: Dr Hannah Seymour & Dr Amanda Ling
Target audience: Funders of heart care – State Govt, IHPA, commonwealth Govt, Safety and Quality practitioners, Hospital management
Maximum capacity: 40
Workshop description: Western Australia introduced a Premium payment for the Hip Fracture Care Bundle in 2013.  We propose to conduct a workshop to discuss the literature review on funding for safety and quality, and then apply this to the Western Australian experience.  We would demonstrate how this influenced the national development of hip fracture care, and give a detailed account of the methodology and outcomes from the Western Australian public hospitals.

Pricing for safety and quality: the Australian approach

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630

More information coming soon…

Patient costing principles

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630
Learning outcomes: With data from hospital costing systems being used to derive the funding models at a state and national level it is important for hospital managers to understand the data behind this. In this session participants will gain an understanding of the costing process and the information available from the costing system and how it feeds into the funding models, and importantly how the data can be used at the hospital level for decision making.

Using data to tackle clinical and quality issues

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 1330 – 1630
List of presenters/facilitators: Dr. Michael Wilke
Target audience: CaseMix System experts, clinicians, data analysts, quality managers
Maximum capacity: 30
Workshop description: DRG and activity based funding is used in many countries. Huge amounts of data are acquired that can be used also for epidemiological purposes or could be analyzed to improve clinical medicine. We want to conduct a Workshop where participants from various countries present the scope of data that is routinely collected and talk about Projects where the data is used to tackle clinical and quality issues.

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Conference dates:
9 - 13 October 2017, Hilton Sydney

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