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Short course

Clinical Costing Fundamentals and Analyses

Overview

This course will equip healthcare professionals with knowledge and practical skills on the fundamentals of clinical costing and how to analyse and deliver cost-effectiveness in clinical practice in a rapidly changing and complex funding environment.

An ageing and growing population, increased prevalence of chronic diseases, and technology-aided advances in treatment contribute to the rise in healthcare costs globally each year. To deliver optimal healthcare performance management, accurate and detailed information on cost, revenue and clinical outcomes is required. Understanding how clinical costing information is developed, determined, utilised and allocated will ultimately empower healthcare professionals to deliver value-based care.

This course comprehensively covers the fundamentals of clinical costing datasets in public hospitals from theory, philosophy to practice. The course explores how financial information aligns with clinical information to establish the cost and identify potential revenue associated with specific clinical tasks. Practical examples of clinical costing in action, including how to analyse and interpret cost data to develop a business case, is provided.

DESIGNED FOR

This course is suitable for Clinical Costers, Cost Analysts, Students, Nurses, Trainees and Allied Health Professionals with an interest in clinical costing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Understand the theory, philosophy and practice of clinical costing systems and datasets
  2. Understand how information from finance, human resources, ancillary and clinical services are linked
  3. Gain knowledge on clinical costing standards which underpin cost allocations
  4. Gain knowledge on how clinical costing datasets are used in practice
  5. COURSE OUTLINE

    COURSE UNITS

    Tutorial 1: Why clinical costing is important?
    Tutorial 2: The background of clinical costing
    Tutorial 3: Clinical costing starts with finance
    Tutorial 4: Where the clinical services are
    Tutorial 5: Mapping clinical services to the dollars
    Tutorial 6: Clinical costing standards, reporting and analyses
    Tutorial 7: Funding and revenue allocation

    PARTICULAR KNOWLEDGE OR SKILLS OBTAINED THROUGH COURSE

    • Practical application and working knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical costing
    • Comprehensive understanding of the importance of clinical costing datasets in healthcare cost-effectiveness analyses
    • Effective working knowledge of clinical costing standards and reporting requirements
    • Understanding of financial and clinical information systems

    ASSESSMENT

    A certificate will be issued on successful completion of seven self-assessment units and ten case studies.

    DELIVERY MODE

    Course completion requires approximately 10 hours of eLearning.

    Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education App on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.

    COURSE LEADERS

    Dr Ronald Ma
    Clinical Costing Analyst, Austin Health, Melbourne; Senior Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia

    Dr Ronald Ma

    Dr Ma writes and presents on the issues of public health, participatory action research approaches to promote the well-being of ethnic minorities, and health economics including clinical costing. Dr Ma graduated with a medical degree, specialising in surgery. He attained a Diploma in Business Management, a Postgraduate diploma and Master of Public Health (First Class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the School of Population Health from The University of Auckland.

    AUTHORS

    • Stephen Cole, Director - ABF Financial Reporting | Financial Services Gold Coast Health, Gold Coast University Hospital
    • Dr Jason Wang, Registrar, Austin Health
    • Yvonne Ballueer, Nurse Unit Manager, Intensive Care Unit, Austin Health
    • CONTACT US

      E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

      T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information

Fees

Course Fee: AUD $350 (incl. GST) (For discounted group rates for hospitals, schools or clinics please contact us mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au)

Location

Online

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

A certificate will be issued on successful completion of seven self-assessment units and ten case studies.