To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce changes to the acute hospital tariff to discourage patients being inappropriately placed in acute hospital beds, as identified by the NHS Chief Executive on page 40 of his 2008–09 annual report. [HL4666]
The development of the national tariff continues to be guided by the desire to incentivise the provision of high quality care in the most appropriate setting.
In 2010-11 we intend, for the first time, to set a small number of tariffs based on clinical best practice rather than average costs. The outcomes of this work will inform future thinking on the approach to tariff-setting for admitted patient care, and in particular how this mechanism can be used to recognise best practice patient pathways and further incentivise the provision of care in the most appropriate setting.