Funder arm - Planning & Funding
Planning and Funding works with providers to achieve the best possible health and independence for people throughout Waikato District Health Board.
Planning and Funding's role is to:
- analyse and understand the health needs of the Waikato population;
- use the health needs analysis to assist the development of plans, including the district strategic plan and district annual plan;
- create tools to ensure equitable and acceptable spending of scarce health funds;
- work closely with providers to ensure the effective delivery of quality healthcare services within available funding.
The Planning and Funding team
Planning is an integral part of purchasing and providing healthcare services. The role of the strategic planners is to analyse and understand the health needs of the Waikato population used in the development of the District Strategic Plan (DSP)
and the Annual Plan
. The DSP and Annual Plan inform health service providers of the probable future purchasing direction of the DHB.
The funding team includes a senior funding manager and performance analysts and is responsible for negotiating the total funding package for Waikato DHB with the Ministry of Health. The funding team create tools to ensure equitable acceptable and effective spending of health funds. It acts for the Waikato DHB in local and national technical and strategic forums working on the development of funding and pricing as well as service and purchasing frameworks.
The portfolio managers
Portfolio managers are responsible for ensuring effective relationships with providers of healthcare services purchased by the Waikato DHB. Other areas of responsibility include:
- managing requests for proposals for services
- negotiating and agreeing contracts with providers
- monitoring providers reporting requirements
- working at national level with the Ministry of Health, DHBNZ, and other DHBs.
General themes from recent audits
There has been a greater emphasis at time of audit on assessing provider capacity in relation to patient eligibility requirements.
It has been found that most providers:
- do not have a full understanding of Ministry of Health eligibility requirements for the receipt of publicly funded health services; nor
- have processes to ensure that all service users are eligible (Ministry of Health requirements).
Providers can access this link for further help and guidance www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/eligibility-guidehome
It has also been noted by the auditors that where a provider subcontracts services, the provider’s monitoring processes of the subcontractor’s service delivery are usually weak.
Here is what your agreement says, please ensure you are aware of your responsibilities:
- B10 Subcontracting
- B10.1 You may not subcontract any of the Services or part of them without prior writtenconcent which may not be unreasonably withheld.
- B10.2 If we give consent you must comply with any reasonable conditions we impose as part of the concent.
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Information for health providers
Where to find information on government assistance toward the cost of long-term residential care - Changes to income and asset testing regulations
- Information for the public is available from the Ministry of Health website: www.moh.govt.nz/assettesting
- or by phoning the Information Line 0800 737 777
- or contact:
Health of Older People Team
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
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