Tullamore hospital to lose over €1m

MORE than €1 million will be cut from the budget of the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore this year.

MORE than €1 million will be cut from the budget of the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore this year.

The cuts will be made to the hospital’s budget under the redistribution of acute hospital funding under the National Casemix Programme for the 2012 financial year.

The Casemix figures for last year are part of the Health Service Executive [HSE] penalty and reward system to encourage hospitals to be more efficient. The figures were published by the HSE for 2011 this week.

Last year, the Tullamore hospital had over €1.8 million cut from its funding under the same programme, which has been in operation since 1993. There are currently 38 hospitals in the Programme, which account for circa €4.6 billion of health spending and over 5.5 million patient episodes across all treatment areas.

Casemix is to ensure that hospital are funded for patients they actually treat, at a cost per case determined by their own peers.

It is the comparison of activity and costs between hospitals by categorising hospital throughput into Diagnoses Related Groups [DRGs].

It’s an internationally accepted management system for the monitoring and evaluation of health services which allows for the collection, categorisation and interpretation of hospital patient data, related to cases treated, in order to assist hospitals define their products, measure their productivity assess quality..