National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC)
The National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC) is a centre within the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI). The NCCC aims to support ongoing development and use of casemix classifications in health services research, evaluation and management and to provide services in relation to activity based funding and activity based management.
The NCCC was initially formed in March 2010 following the successful bid to DoHA by the University of Wollongong (UoW) to develop:
- The Eighth Edition of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification, Australian Classification of Health Interventions, Australian Coding Standards), and
- The Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification, Version 7.0.
The NCCC completed the content for these classifications in 2012 and undertook a national education program in to prepare coders for implementation of Eighth Edition for use from 1 July 2013.
Casemix is an information tool involving the use of scientific methods to build and make use of classifications of patient care episodes. Casemix is about the relationship between hospital’s activity and costs, and makes use of data about classifications that are clinically meaningful and explain variation in resource use. Casemix analysis is pivotal to the Australian Government’s current health reform plan; the health reform plan is largely based on activity based funding, and casemix as described by the AR-DRG Classification System reflects hospital inpatient activity. Please refer here for more.
Staff and expertise
The NCCC engages AHSRI specialists in classification and casemix. There is also opportunity to recruit additional experts and to build capacity in this important area of health information. A number of AHSRI staff have considerable experience with casemix system development and its use in the evaluation of programs and the analysis of outcomes. For staff profiles see here.
The establishment of the NCCC builds on the research that AHSRI has been undertaking for over a decade. The NCCC complements the other AHSRI centres:
- The Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD)
- The Australian Health Outcome Centre (AHOC)
- The Australasian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC)
- The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC)
- The Australian Occupational Science Centre (AOSC)
- The Centre for applied statistics in Health (CASiH)
The AHSRI is a research centre of UoW’s Sydney Business School and the NCCC operates out of both the Sydney Business School headquarters in 1 Macquarie Place Circular Quay, Sydney and the main centre at the UoW campus.