Case Mix Schools

PCSI remains committed to providing newcomers to case mix with educational opportunities and as part of this offers twos schools on an annual basis.

The first school is called Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems all over the world (formerly the Summer School). It was first hosted in Yale Univeristy in 1985 and continued to be held in Australia, Spain, UK, Italy, France(Avignon), Portugal and Estonia.

The second School is called Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models (formerly the Winter School) and it is focused on casemix-based funding systems and analytical methods. The 2011 and 2012 schools were held in Dublin, Ireland while the 2013 school was held in Sydney, Australia. The 2014 school was held in Lisbon, Portugal as will the 2015 school.

Comparison of Schools

The following is a comparison of the two schools

School
Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems
(formerly the Summer School)
Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models
(formerly the Winter School)
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Who the school is intended for
  • Individuals new to the field of case-mix interested in learning about what case-mix is and what it can be used for.
  • Appropriate for health care professionals, policy-makers, government and private sector funders, administrators, researchers, etc.
  • Individuals with experience in the case-mix field, or prior attendance at PCSI’s school ‘Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems’.
  • Appropriate for those with a role in the development of health policy, design of funding models, or the management of a hospital or health insurance organisation.
Objective of the school
  • Introduce students to case-mix fundamentals and application of case-mix for funding, management, benchmarking, quality-control, comparative analyses, etc.
  • Provide students with comprehensive skills in the design, implementation, and evaluation of case-mix funding models.
Content
  • Background, history, and uses of case-mix tools in healthcare systems.
  • Definitions and discussion of diagnosis and procedure coding systems; classification system options; obtaining cost data at aggregate or patient level; selecting groupers; calculating relative weights, case-mix index, base prices, etc.
  • Country examples of implementation experiences and outcomes of case-mix based funding.
  • Exercises on various components of case-mix, including a longitudinal week-long, small group exercise focused on creating a model case-mix-based funding system.
  • Various mechanisms of case-mix funding (e.g. population, case-mix based budget allocations, activity-based funding) and their applications in regional allocations, funding of physicians, hospitals, and long-term care.
  • Role of clinical information, financial information, case-mix systems and cost weights, as foundations of case-mix funding.
  • Funding model design (i.e., price setting, activity targets, outlier payment, and incentives), and implementation (i.e., regulation, data requirements, monitoring and evaluation).
  • Analytical techniques and data analysis exercises applied to the funding and management of health services.
Prerequisites
  • Ability to work and study in English.
  • Interest in learning about case-mix classifications and how they can be used in a health system.
  • Interest in developing or managing case-mix models, health policy/health systems research, hospital management, etc.
  • Ability to work and study in English.
  • Prior exposure to one or more case-mix applications in current or past employment, or prior attendance at PCSI’s school ‘Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems’.
  • Basic familiarity with statistical distributions, statistical tests, and statistical analysis including linear regression.
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Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems

Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems 2015

  • When: 14 – 18 June 2015
  • Where: Avignon, France

The PCSI summer school “Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems all over the world” will be held from June 14th to June 18th 2015 in Avignon, France, a unique scenery. This is the 24th time the school has been held since 1985 in USA, Australia, Spain, UK, France (Avignon), Portugal and Estonia. The school provides students with solid and comprehensive expertise in medical coding, case mix building blocks, patient level costing and price setting, statistics analysis, quality and safety management and after case mix future. It is an interactive event with students presenting case mix in their country, working on practical exercises and playing a longitudinal game during all the week to integrate the provided presentations. Finally the school is opened to English and French speakers.

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Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models

2014 Winter School

  • Theme: Design and Implementation of Activity Based Funding
  • When: 28 – 02 May 2014
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

The PCSI Case Mix Winter School “Design and Implementation of Activity Based Funding” is meant to complement the long-established Summer School and provide students with solid and comprehensive expertise in the design, implementation and monitoring of case mix funding mechanisms.

Topics covered will include case mix system design, patient level costing, calculation of cost weights and price setting, setting of activity targets, outlier flagging, exception payments, monitoring and evaluation, analytical techniques, and hands-on analysis of data.

Inquiries regarding the 2014 School on Activity Based Funding can be addressed to school director, Jeff Hatcher at jhatcher@cihi.ca

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