Exploring Activity Based Funding: Hospitals and Post-Acute Care Facilities

by Jason M. Sutherland, Ian Rongve | Nov 10, 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm ET

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Healthcare sustainability is a major concern for Canadians.  Healthcare costs are rising at a rate faster than revenue growth in most jurisdictions across Canada and around the world. Traditionally, most hospitals are funded through global budgets, however, increasing numbers of provinces and territories are considering or moving to activity-based funding model for some services in hospital or continuing care.


This session of CHSRF on Call examines how the way we fund hospitals and post-acute facilities can influence the overall efficiency of healthcare delivery in Canada.  Join the discussion.


Guest Speakers:


Jason M. SutherlandJason M. Sutherland, Assistant Professor, School of Population & Public Health, CHSPR, UBC


To date, Dr. Sutherland’s research has included development of methods for quantifying hospital utilization, health spending patterns, adjusting for hospital input price differences, and accounting for differences between hospital patient populations. As well, he has previous experience examining geographic variation in utilization and cost of hospital care in the United States with the Dartmouth Atlas for Health Care.


Since arriving at CHSPR, Dr. Sutherland has been involved in developing policy options and strategies for funding hospitals within health systems.


Dr. Sutherland has publications appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Services Research, Health Affairs, and Health Policy.  His research interests include evaluation of case mix methods, risk adjustment and hospital funding policy, and he has led projects in hospital, physician and post-acute care claims data from Medicare and Canadian data sources.



Ian RongveIan Rongve, Executive Director, Modeling and Analysis Branch, Planning and Innovation Division, BC Ministry of Health Services


Dr. Ian Rongve has a B Comm. (Honors) from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA and PhD from the University of British Columbia.  From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Rongve was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Economics at the University of Regina, and worked at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (SIPP) as a visiting scholar.  In 2001 he returned to BC and joined the Treasury Board Staff of the Ministry of Finance.  He started the Health Modernization Branch at the Ministry of Health in early 2006.  The Branch has grown through various iterations to the current Modeling and Analysis Branch with a mandate to support evidence‑based planning across the health sector. 




Stephen SamisStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CHSRF 


Stephen has more than 15 years experience in research, policy development, knowledge exchange, partnership development and advocacy in the health sector. Prior to CHSRF he was director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 2004 to 2010 and manager of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information from 2000 to 2004. Before moving to Ottawa in 2000, Stephen was a health research and policy consultant in British Columbia, where he worked for the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the BC Workers Compensation Board and others.


Stephen has a strong interest in health research and policy, population health and evidence-informed policy development to improve Canada's health systems and ultimately the health of Canadians. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.