How the costing standards and collection guidance work together in 2020
The Healthcare costing standards for England describe the costing approach we ask you to adopt. We have started integrating the Healthcare costing standards for England into one document to support most trusts, who provide more than one type of service. In practice, this means that where a standard is the same across multiple sectors, we have tried to ensure that the documentation is the same.
All the costing processes (CP) have been integrated into a single document for acute, mental health and community services. We have also integrated number of the costing methods (CMs). However, there are a number of CMs which remain sector specific and therefore the documentation for the CMs remain in individual documents for acute, mental health and community services. There has been no integration for ambulance services. We collect information from providers about the costs they have incurred in running healthcare services each year. This includes both reference costs and patient-levels costs (known as PLICS).
In 2020, cost data for the 2019/20 financial year will need to be submitted as follows:
- Acute providers have been mandated to provide PLICS for admitted patient care (APC), outpatients (OP) and A&E services. Updates will be provided via the usual communication channels on the transfer of services from the national cost collection workbook to PLICS.
- Ambulance and mental health providers are mandated to provide PLICS information instead of aggregated level costs from 2020.
- Community providers will need to provide aggregated costing data for all services in the national cost collection workbook (reference costs).
- There will be pilot PLICS collections for community services.
Healthcare costing standards 2020
Please note: The 2019 standards for ambulance and mental health services will also be used for the 2020 collections. Providers of these services should use the 2019 standards to prepare for the mandated collections in 2020.
Standards for the main costing process for acute providers.
Standards for high volume or value services or departments. To be implemented after information requirements and costing processes.
Standards for high volume or value procedures. To be implemented after costing methods.