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 has recently completed projects for the NSW Ministry of Health, the SA Health Department, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Local Health Districts and others, many of these in partnership with other AHSRI Centres and Programs.
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.
Establishment of NCCC
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.
On the completion of the AR-DRG project, the NCCC refocussed its core business towards casemix analytics and research in health services funding and management.
The establishment of the NCCC built on the research that AHSRI has been undertaking for over a decade. The NCCC complements 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)
Staff and expertise
NCCC staff have extensive skills and experience in:
- Health related information systems
- Patient classification development
- Health service performance evaluation
- Casemix analytics
- Clinical costing
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.