Why is costing important?
Approved Costing Guidance 2018
Outlines how to comply with the guidance, cost collections for 2017/18 data, oversight and the provider licence and the costing assurance programme.
Outlines the seven costing principles that all costing activity should follow.
Describes the terminology used throughout the Approved Costing Guidance.
What is the Approved Costing Guidance?
The Approved Costing Guidance comprises:
- healthcare costing standards for England to be used by providers of NHS services
- collection guidance for submitting 2017/18 reference costs and PLICS data.
The guidance also provides the framework on which the costing assurance programme will be based.
Reference costs are mandatory for all providers of NHS services. Following consultation, the patient-level cost collection will be mandatory for designated acute providers for the 2018/19 submission. We are also working to extend patient-level costing to mental health, ambulance and community providers.
We are considering our approach to independent sector providers of NHS activity but will not be collecting cost data from them in 2018. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Regularly updated list of costing enquiries and our responses, along with a summary of frequently asked questions.