Magazine article Public Finance

Expert Warns of More Delays to PBR Rollout

Magazine article Public Finance

Expert Warns of More Delays to PBR Rollout

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The architect of the payment by results reform of NHS finance has warned the health sector to expect further delays to its full implementation.

Bob Dredge, former programme manager of financial reform at the Department of Health, claimed it was possible that PBR might not be applied to accident and emergency and outpatient financing when the government attempts to roll out the programme in 2006.

PBR was due to come into full force this year, but its application to 70% of treatments has been delayed until 2006 because of concerns across the NHS.

PBR groups procedures and diagnoses into broad categories, each with a standardised tariff. It aims to reduce variations in the cost of procedures, rewarding organisations for efficient resource use and improving patient choice over where they are treated. …

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