The National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC), established in April 2010, is a centre within the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), a major research facility at the University of Wollongong.
AHSRI has a strong national and international reputation based on 25 years of health services research and development. In addition to producing robust academic output, the products of the Institute include practical and expert advice to a variety of Commonwealth and State governments, non-government agencies, peak bodies and interest groups. AHSRI has an established track record in:
· supporting change within the NSW Health system;
· evaluating new service models and options for redesign of services;
· developing funding models for clinical services; and
· working with cancer and palliative care service providers.
As one of the eight centres within AHSRI, the NCCC has the expertise in supporting ongoing development and use of casemix classifications in health services research, evaluation and management and providing services in relation to activity based funding and activity based management. The NCCC undertakes projects with health industry partners and government to review activity, cost and performance, and to develop systems for improved management of resources and delivery of health services. Projects are often undertaken in partnership with other AHSRI Centres and Programs. This provides access to the wide range of expertise available across other centres of AHSRI to meet the varied requirements of projects.
ESTABLISHMENT OF NCCC
The NCCC was initially formed in April 2010 following the successful bid to the Department of Health and Ageing by the University of Wollongong 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 this project, the NCCC refocussed its core business towards casemix analytics and research in health services funding and management.
The establishment of the NCCC builds on the research that AHSRI has been undertaking for over a decade and complements other AHSRI centres, in particular, the Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD).
STAFF AND EXPERTISE
The 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. In addition to the NCCC team, 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.
A list of full staff profiles is available.