Features of the new tariff
The new tariff is a continuation of our long-term work on enhancing the payment system for NHS services.
It contains a range of features designed to offer stability and a positive environment for realising the goals of the Five Year Forward view. These new features include:
- a two-year tariff
- a move to the HRG4+ phase 3 currency design for national prices
- two new mandatory best practice tariffs (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction)
More certainty for providers and commissioners
We believe a two-year tariff for 2017/18 and 2018/19 will give the providers and commissioners greater certainty against which to plan and make the investment decisions necessary to transform their services.
We also recognise that providers and commissioners in local areas may be able to work together to develop payment models that better meet the needs of their patients than those set out in the tariff. So, in the new tariff, the rules and guidance on local pricing have been simplified to make it easier to adopt these new approaches.
This tariff has been developed as part of a system-wide response to the challenges facing the NHS. It sits alongside the development of the two-year NHS planning framework, changes to the NHS Standard Contract and the various support offers for NHS providers available from NHS Improvement.
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