James Downie is the Executive Director of Activity Based Funding (ABF) at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). He leads the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities. Mr Downie will be delivering a keynote address at the 2014 Hospital Patient Costing conference, to be held on the 19-20 March in Sydney.
His talk will address the importance of robust costing to public hospital funding under the National Health Reforms.Mr Downie will explain how the cost data from Australian public hospital directly influences how the National Efficient Price is determined and address the importance of hospital cost data for both price setting and as a management tool in hospitals.
Prior to this he was Manager Funding Systems Development in the Victorian Department of Health, responsible for Victoria’s existing funding models, and the national ABF developments. He has also worked on Service Redesign at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and prior to that spent 15 years in the mining industry. The video below shows Mr Downie’s presentation at the NSW Health Symposium.