APHA extends agreement with PMHA

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The Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) is delighted to have reaffirmed its support of the Private Mental Health Alliance (PMHA).

APHA chief executive Michael Roff today signed a one-year extension of the long-running agreement.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA), Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) and the Australian Government have also confirmed their ongoing support.

Upon signing the agreement, Mr Roff said: “PMHA provides unique forum for enabling us to work with health funds, clinicians and consumers.

“It has been a valuable source of consensus statements and guidelines and joint advice to government.”

Established in 1996, the PMHA brings together providers, payers and consumers and carers to work on issues affecting Australia’s health environment.

With the support of its stakeholders, the PMHA established a unique national Centralised Data Management Service (CDMS) in 2001.

The CDMS works with private hospitals and health insurers to put in place efficient systems for the routine collection of outcomes data that enables the quality and efficiency of mental health service delivery to be evaluated and reported on every quarter.

“The PMHA’s Centralised Data Management System provides hospitals with data and validated survey tools that they can directly use to benchmark their services,” Mr Roff said.

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