NHS England is proposing to accelerate changes to the way funding is distributed to providers, which would speed up the demise of activity-based payments.
A blended-tariff model was previously intended to be rolled out gradually, however documents seen by the HSJ suggest that the blended-tariff could be the default option for almost all secondary healthcare services from April 2021.
The blended-tariff offers a combination of payment models and includes a fixed element based on a form of block contract, whilst also including a variable element that would change depending on the extent to which the system reduces its elective backlog.
The document says the changes have been accelerated to smooth the transition from the block contracts, which were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statutory consultation on the new system will begin next month with the final tariff to be implemented from April.
Read the HSJ article for further information.