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 Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems (formerly the Summer School). It was first hosted in Italy in 1998 and continued to be held in Italy through 2005. Since then it has been hosted in France and in Portugal since 2010, and most recently was held in 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

The first Case Mix "Summer" School (now called "Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems") was hosted in Italy in 1998 and continued to be held there through 2005. Since then it has been hosted in France and in 2010 and 2011 it was hosted in Portugal. In future years, the School is expected to be hosted by different countries but the content will remain the same so that those attending continue to receive high quality information and instruction. Information to attend the next School is included below.

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

  • When: 15 – 19 June 2015
  • Where: Avignon, France

Further queries regarding the "Introduction to Principles and Applications of Case-Mix in Health Systems" School should be addressed to the school director Jean-Marie Rodrigues (rodriguesjeanmarie2@gmail.com).

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Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models

Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models 2015

  • When: 13 – 17 April 2015
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

The PCSI "Advanced Design and Implementation of Case-Mix Funding Models" school will be held from April 13th to April 17th 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the fifth time school has been held. The school provides students with solid and comprehensive expertise in the design, implementation and monitoring of case mix funding mechanisms.The 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 2015 School can be addressed to school director, Jeff Hatcher at jhatcher@cihi.ca

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