Mumford, V and Greenfield, D and Forde, K and Hogden, A and Westbrook, J and Braithwaite, J, Counting the costs of accreditation in acute care: an activity based costing approach, BMJ Open, 5, (9) pp. 1-9. ISSN 2044-6055 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Objectives: To assess the costs of hospital accreditation in Australia.
Design: Mixed methods design incorporating: stakeholder analysis; survey design and implementation; activity-based costs analysis; and expert panel review.
Setting: Acute care hospitals accredited by the Australian Council for Health Care Standards.
Participants: Six acute public hospitals across four States.
Results: Accreditation costs varied from 0.03% to 0.60% of total hospital operating costs per year, averaged across the 4-year accreditation cycle. Relatively higher costs were associated with the surveys years and with smaller facilities. At a national level these costs translate to $A36.83 million, equivalent to 0.1% of acute public hospital recurrent expenditure in the 2012 fiscal year.
Conclusions: This is the first time accreditation costs have been independently evaluated across a wide range of hospitals and highlights the additional cost burden for smaller facilities. A better understanding of the costs allows policymakers to assess alternative accreditation and other quality improvement strategies, and understand their impact across a range of facilities. This methodology can be adapted to assess international accreditation programmes.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health services and systems not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)|
|UTAS Author:||Hogden, A (Dr Anne Hogden)|
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