PHARMAC Performance 2019/20 – Quarter 1
Output Class 1: Making decisions about medicines and medical devices
Measure: Savings are made to meet the cost of future volume growth and allow for new investments.
Status: On track. In the quarter to 30 September 2019, PHARMAC listed 5 new medicines and expanded access to 17 more, at a gross cost of $8.9 million, from within the available budget.
Measure: The total value and number of hospital medical devices under national contract increases.
Status: On track. Expenditure under contract increased by around $7 million in quarter 1. We listed 2,462 new medical devices this quarter. The total number of medical devices is now 111,273.
Output Class 2: Influencing medicines access and use
Measure: DHB hospital engagement with PHARMAC compared with previous year.
Status: On track. 25 DHBs and their agents made submissions through our consultation on managing fairer access to hospital medical devices.
Measure: Primary care organisations/representative bodies value their relationships with PHARMAC.
Status: On track. PHARMAC and the Health Quality Safety Commission are partnering to support a behavioural insights trial to support appropriate antimicrobial prescribing.
Measure: Improvements to transparency of PHARMAC’s decision making processes.
Status: On track. PHARMConnect, PHARMAC’s new on-line funding application system, was successfully launched on 30 August. The new system allows funding applications to be securely lodged, viewed and tracked online.
PHARMAC has consulted on, and made decisions to decline, an initial list of 8 medicines (that relate to 14 funding applications) that were not being actively considered for funding. Further consultations proposing to decline a number of inactive applications are expected in the coming months. This work will assist in making it clear what applications PHARMAC is considering for funding and which are not being actively considered.
Measure: Survey of attendants at a PHARMAC seminar show a positive professional change in optimal use behaviour as a result of attendance.
Status: On track. Surveys of attendees are sent two to three months after the completion of the seminar. Five seminars were held in the quarter that will be surveyed by the completion of the next quarter.
Measure: Medicines use community health programmes are delivered to a range of health and community workers.
Status: On track. Four out of 16 Whānau Ora Collective (WOC) partners have provided their output plans for 2019/20. In the first quarter, four programmes have been delivered by two Whānau Ora Collective partners. One He Rongoā Pai He Oranga Whānau wānanga has been completed this quarter.
Measure: Engagement by primary health care professionals with responsible use materials developed by PHARMAC service providers.
Status: On track. PHARMAC is engaging with service providers to embed reporting requirements for current responsible use contracts to measure uptake of responsible use materials by primary care providers.
Measure: A framework is developed for measuring and monitoring equitable access to medicines.
Status: On track. Preliminary work has commenced on the Medicine Access Monitoring and Outcomes Framework, including establishing baseline data for the indicators in the Framework.
Measure: A baseline target is developed for rate of medicines dispensed to Māori compared to non-Māori.
Status: On track. PHARMAC have been undertaking work to refine the methodology that underpins this measure. The target will be set once a baseline for existing indicators are established.
Measure: Low medicine stock situations are identified and actively managed so that there are sustained or irreversible impacts on patient health.
Status: On track. Potential low stock issues have been managed and alternative supply options secured where required. There have been no out of stock situations that have had a sustained or irreversible impact on the health of patients in the quarter.
Output Class 3: Providing policy advice and support
Measure: PHARMAC staff participate in and contribute to wider sector forums.
Status: On track. PHARMAC has recently contributed to the MBIE led Polynesian health corridors work.
Measure: All rebates are collected and distributed to DHBs in accordance with PHARMAC policy.
Status: On track. All fund use is in accordance with PHARMAC policy.
Measure: PHARMAC is involved in, or contributes to, research which supports PHARMAC’s core functions and strategic priorities.
Status: On track. PHARMAC, in partnership with the Health Research Council, approved two research applications this quarter which will contribute to supporting PHARMAC’s core functions and strategic priorities.
Last updated: 27 January 2020