Payment system and COVID-19
As part of the NHS response to COVID-19, all NHS trusts and foundation trusts will move to block contract payments ‘on account’. The usual national tariff payment architecture and associated administrative/transactional processes will be suspended during this time.
Guidance on contracting and payment to support this has been published. This includes a template statement that can be used to record the departure from current payment arrangements required by the move to a block contract.
On 31 July 2020, the Third phase of the NHS response to COVID-19 was published. This explains the financial arrangements that will be used for the rest of 2020/21. An Elective letter was published on 20 August, giving more details on how block payments will flex to reflect expected elective activity levels.
The publication of the 2020/21 national tariff has also been delayed.
2020/21 HRG4+ local payment grouper published
The HRG4+ 2020/21 local payment grouper and associated documentation is now available from the NHS Digital National Casemix Office.
Version 2 of the grouper was released on 20 July 2020 and reflects changes in the HRG mapping of codes relating to the COVID-19 infection. This includes 6 new HRGs in a new subchapter, DX COVID-19 infection. The new HRGs will be locally priced.
Spinal surgery BPT reports available
We have published spinal surgery BPT reports for Q1 and Q2 2019/20. We will continue to publish the reports when they are available.
Statutory consultation on proposed 2020/21 tariff closed
The statutory consultation on proposals for the 2020/21 national tariff closed at midnight on 22 January 2020.
Many thanks to all those who have responded. The objection threshold was not reached and we are carefully considering the feedback received. We will make final decisions on publication of the 2020/21 national tariff as soon as possible.
The information collected should provide a comprehensive picture of how local areas are agreeing reimbursement for their services.
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Current payment system, guidance and support
Access to past national tariffs
The national tariff payment system replaced the previous Payment by Results system from 2014/15. Below you can download all formal documents and policies from each previous tariff year. All consultation and other supporting documents are also available, please contact email@example.com if you wish to access any of these.
National tariff 2017/19: documents and policies
National tariff 2016/17: documents and policies
National tariff 2015/16: documents and policies
National tariff 2014/15: documents and policies
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