New NHS Tariff System Offers Good News For Maternity

“Tariff proposal would see maternity spend increase by 8 per cent” Esther Oxford, Health Service Journal, 2nd August 2016

 

The recent HSJ article suggests that with the newly proposed NHS tariff system spending on Maternity could increase by £221M, a total increase of 8.3%.

Under existing policy, providers are paid according to which care pathway an expectant mother is assigned to. In order to assign pregnant women to the right care pathway, clinicians identify which “clinical complexities” and co-morbidities a woman may develop prior to birth. Women are they then assigned according to the NHS tariff system as standard, intermediate or intensive care pathways, with trusts paid more for the most complex cases.

As a result of the new tariff system, the proportion of women put on pathways providing intensive care is expected to rise from 7.1% of expectant mothers to 11.3%, while 38.7% of women on maternity pathways will be classed as intermediate – up from 27.3% at present. Consequently the proportion of women put on maternity pathways classed as standard – the least expensive tariff – is expected to fall from 65.5% to 50%.

This is great news on the surface but in Isosec’s experience from working closely with Imperial College Healthcare NHS midwives is that the allocation of mothers to the correct category was not always given the attention it warranted. Consequently Trusts were missing out on a large amount of funding (and exposing themselves to potential risk). When the MIA Maternity app was adopted at Imperial College Healthcare NHS the data showed percentages of mums allocated to each category were far from NHS national averages. Senior midwives could soon see that there were some issues with the process (too many women being allocated almost by default to the standard category) and now provide education to their midwives to ensure that (approximately) £170k of potential additional income is recovered.

The moral of this particular piece is that although the message is inherently positive and should be applauded, data must be available to ensure that the correct costs are recovered. This is just one example of data that is very difficult to collect and evidence with paper processes and where using mobile devices will improve the system. MIA collects, evidences and analyses all data passively and presents it as part of our analytics dashboard, so a Trust can easily drill down into their own data and identify any areas for improvement. As the renowned statistician W. Edwards Deming said, “Without data you’re just another person with an opinion.”

NHS signage new tariff system

If you think your Trust or organisation may be missing out on revenue because of inefficient paper processes or loss of data please visit our website or arrange a MIA Maternity demo to find out more.

 

New Isosec Website Launch

The new Isosec website is now live with new features and improved speeds as well as showcasing more products than ever before.

The website launch sees the inclusion of MIA Infant Feeding and MIA/RiO as part of our expanded product range as well as showcasing the pre-established products MIA Maternity and iO. Brochures for each solution are now available to download.

As Isosec are a rapidly expanding company we have built in the ability to take demo requests for each products through the website. Complete the demo request form with as much information as possible and a member of the team will be in touch.

Another new feature for the site is our events calendar. Here we will list which events we will be attending throughout the year, so you can arrange to meet us there. If this is something you’d like to do just take a look on the website to see where we may cross paths, then send us a message expressing your interest in a meeting.

We’ve added in new testimonials from our happy customers across the whole Isosec product range, including highlights from Oxleas NHS, Central Manchester NHS and of course Imperial College Healthcare NHS. The Imperial case study video is still our featured solution as our MIA work with the midwives there continues to expand. You can watch the accompanying Imperial case study video on the site too.

We’ve also begun to add external contributors to the blog so it’s not just the same people telling you about MIA and Isosec, it’s clinicians too. This way you can read real in depth reviews from our day to day users. You can currently read a recent blog from Award winning Infant Feeding Team Coordinator Justine Baines from Central Manchester Foundation Trust on why they’ve chosen MIA Infant Feeding.

Our old site features have had a makeover too. You will find our list of customers, our partners, some interesting facts and a history of the company. Our lovely team profile and the news section are both extended too. If you go to our Charity section you can read about our upcoming fundraising events and a profile of our Charity of the Year 2016, Bliss.

You can see all the new features on www.isosec.co.uk.

Isosec website