Covid-19 reader: 14 January
Covid-19 reader: 14 January
by Steve Brown
14 January 2022

Social care providers are under relentless pressure from Covid-related staff absences and there are calls to delay the timetable for mandatory staff vaccination in the NHS. Meanwhile, academics have been discussing the likely trajectory of the Omicron variant.

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New payment system presents opportunities and challenges
New payment system presents opportunities and challenges
by Steve Brown
14 January 2022

The aligned payment and incentive system will provide a single framework for secondary care financial flows, but the real test will be if it encourages system working

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Guidance issued on reinstating Cquin
Guidance issued on reinstating Cquin
by Seamus Ward
13 January 2022

The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (Cquin) financial incentive scheme is to be reintroduced in 2022/23 with a focus on short-term clinical improvements that support Covid recovery and reductions in variation between providers.

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IS deal includes minimum income guarantee
IS deal includes minimum income guarantee
by Seamus Ward
13 January 2022

The independent sector will be guaranteed up to £90m a month under the three-month deal with the health service, which will also have to pay significantly more than the NHS-provided equivalent should surge support be triggered.

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Financial details of independent sector deal promised shortly
Financial details of independent sector deal promised shortly
by Seamus Ward
10 January 2022

Guidance will be issued soon on the pricing and funding of a short-term contract with independent sector providers that aims to ease the pressure on the NHS in England.

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Covid-19 reader: 7 January
Covid-19 reader: 7 January
by Steve Brown
07 January 2022

Booster after booster in a small number of countries will not end the pandemic, world health leaders warn. Elsewhere, academics call for ‘vaccines-plus’ policy, while the real pressures facing the NHS are becoming increasingly clear.

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Staff numbers key to recovery
Staff numbers key to recovery
by Seamus Ward
06 January 2022

MPs have called for a wide-ranging health and social care recovery plan that includes better workforce planning and does not focus solely on targets to reduce elective waiting times.

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Constant vigilance
Constant vigilance
by Peter Sheppard
06 January 2022

The cyber threat has evolved since the Wannacry attack just over four years ago. Incidents have increased in number and sophistication, but what should healthcare bodies be doing to protect themselves from the risks?

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Greater productivity required in 2022/23
Greater productivity required in 2022/23
by Seamus Ward
05 January 2022

The NHS in England is expected to expand activity in 2022/23, increasing capacity while taking out costs and delivering additional efficiencies, according to the operational planning guidance.

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API approach proposed for April start
API approach proposed for April start
by Seamus Ward
05 January 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed proposals for the aligned payment and incentive (API) approach in 2022/23, with a higher payment for activity above plan.

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