Consumer participation in the health system – Victorian Auditor-General’s Report – October 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Consumer participation in the health system – Victorian Auditor-General’s Report – October 2012

“Consumers should be meaningfully involved in decision-making about their health care and treatment, and broader health policy, planning and service delivery. There is growing recognition and evidence that consumer participation:
• positively influences an individual’s health outcomes if they are given quality information and are actively involved in decisions
• improves quality and safety by helping to design services that meet consumer needs
• provides feedback to drive service improvement
• enhances accountability by openly and transparently reporting on performance to consumers.

The audit assessed the extent to which the Department of Health (the department) and public health services facilitate meaningful consumer participation, including whether consumers are:
• supported to actively participate in their health care
• actively involved at the health service level
• actively involved at the departmental level.”

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NHS Audit Committee Handbook – Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) – 2012

Posted on January 11, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics | Tags: |

NHS Audit Committee Handbook – Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) – 2012

This publication is designed to assist NHS boards and audit committees as they review and continually reassess their system of governance, risk management and internal control to ensure that it remains effective and ‘fit for purpose’ in providing them with the assurance they require.
ISBN 978-1-904624-60-8

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Procurement Practices in the Health Sector – Victorian Auditor General’s Office – 26 October 2011

Posted on October 27, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Procurement Practices in the Health Sector – Victorian Auditor General’s Office – 26 October 2011

“Public hospitals spent more than $1.6 billion on goods and services in the last financial year. This procurement activity should demonstrate integrity, transparency and value-for-money. Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) performs central procurement for the sector well, has expanded the range of products centrally procured and is making significant savings. However, 10 years after its establishment, HPV is yet to implement all its functions under the Health Services Act 1988 or exploit its full potential. By not undertaking its probity assurance function, and having only limited involvement in procuring medical equipment, HPV has missed opportunities for greater savings and better procurement practice. As system manager, the Department of Health should have done more to address these issues. There is also room for improvement in hospital procurement practices, with almost one in five of the hospital procurement processes reviewed in the audit having weaknesses in the transparency and appropriateness of decision-making.”

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Warning signs for organisations in transition – Healthcare Financial Management Association [UK] – 25 August 2011

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Warning signs for organisations in transition – Healthcare Financial Management Association [UK] – 25 August 2011

“The HFMA Governance & Audit Committee have developed a checklist of ‘red-light’ issues that Audit Committees need to be on the lookout for during transition.”

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Public Audit Forum [UK]: corporate services indicators – July 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Public Audit Forum [UK]: corporate services indicators – July 2010

“The Improvement Network was established in November 2004. It is sponsored by the following partners:
Audit Commission; Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA); Leadership Centre for Local Government; NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

Public Audit Forum … has developed a set of corporate services, which it keeps under review and plans to extend to new areas.

These help public bodies to benchmark the efficiency and effectiveness of some of their major corporate functions including:

Estates management performance indicators 2009/10
Finance performance indicators 2009/10
Human resources performance indicators 2009/10
ICT performance indicators 2009/10
Legal performance indicators 2009/10
Communications indicators 2009/10
Procurement indicators 2009/10

The communications and legal services indicators are new for July 2010. The indicators are designed to ensure that public bodies are able to assess the performance and efficiency of their back office services, and compare their results against other UK public sector organisations.

While use of the indicators is voluntary, they are recommended to audited and inspected bodies (AIBs) as a powerful tool to improve value for money.

The indicator definitions can be freely downloaded. In addition, several organisations are providing benchmarking services to the public sector based on the indicators.

The Operational Efficiency Programme (led by Sir Michael Bichard and reported with the Budget in April 2009) recommended that all public sector bodies employing more than 250 people should adopt the back-office efficiency indicators.”

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Planning and Allocating Aged Care Places and Capital Grants – Australian National Audit Office – Report 40 – 2 June 2009

Posted on June 11, 2009. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Planning and Allocating Aged Care Places and Capital Grants – Australian National Audit Office – Report Number: 40  Tabled: Tuesday, 02 June 2009   Agency:  Department of Health and Ageing

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of DoHA’s management of the planning and allocation of aged care places and capital grants, in accordance with the Aged Care Act 1997.   Full report About the report

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