Public Sector Funding and Economics Capacity Development

Health Economics Events

Value in Health Invitational Forum: Standards, Quality, and Economics

19 January 2017

In January 2017, the Institute of Health Economics hosted the Value in Health Invitational Forum: Standards, Quality, and Economics to provide an overview from provincial, national, and international leaders around key issues to consider and address from a system perspective when developing an approach to extract value from a complex health system. The concept of system organization for a) development of standards, b) accountability arrangements and roles, and c) approaches to measure and extract value (funding, improvement programs) with consideration of impact on front line practices and macroeconomic outcomes, was also discussed at the Forum.

The objectives of the Forum were to:

  • engage with provincial stakeholders around the provincial system agenda to achieve better value for investment in the system;
  • provide an opportunity for shared learning and provincial reflection on lessons from international and national experts for application in Alberta; and,
  • highlight and showcase provincial initiatives underway and emerging opportunities to coordinate system standard setting, quality improvement strategies, value assessment and monitoring.
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Innovative Funding Models: Kidney Care Policy Options for the Future Roundtable

4 June 2015

In June 2015, The Institute of Health Economics (www.ihe.ca) held a roundtable to identify and discuss key issues in kidney care policy options. The goal of this project was to inform and guide regional and provincial funding approaches for kidney care, while building on best practices and lessons from other jurisdictions.

The objectives for the roundtable were to:

  • Inform and guide provincial funding approaches for kidney care, including the ability to increase the use of home dialysis, while building on best practices and lessons from other jurisdictions.
  • Provide a shared learning experience with key decision-makers/stakeholders in government, health service managers, clinical leaders, and industry on the economic strategies to increase the use of home dialysis and the impact of home dialysis on clinical and economic outcomes.
  • Identify key action steps and execution framework while ensuring issues are raised to address funding reforms for kidney care to enable care to be delivered in the home.
Event Link | Download Innovative Funding Models: Kidney Care Policy Options for the Future – Summary Report

On the State of the Art in Costing Methods Workshop

21 – 22 January 2015

Economic surveillance and economic assessments are important sources of information to help administrators and policy makers to track current trends and evaluate policies and care patterns. The Institute of Health Economics, in partnership with Alberta Health, held a two-day Costing Methods Workshop which helped to review costing practices by bringing together economists and other costing professionals to share their expertise, and create a common view of the state of the art in healthcare costing.

This workshop sought to:

  • Inform/educate public policy healthcare leaders by surveying the current state of the art in various components of healthcare costing, including hospital inpatient and outpatient, long term care, physician services, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, public health, mental health, social services, and household services.
  • Provide an overview of the uses of healthcare costing information, including economic surveillance, economic evaluations, and reimbursement.
  • Showcase several international speakers from countries where costing has been developed to obtain perspectives from their countries.
Event Link | Download On the State of the Art in Costing Methods – Summary Report