UKGTN National Tariff Exercise
The UKGTN was asked to carry out a piece of work to determine a methodology to derive tariffs for molecular genetic testing in order to inform the Department of Health Payment by Results team. The exercise was completed in 2006.
The report details the methodologies used to calculate testing tariffs and the data collected from the laboratories that took part in the exercise. Tests were categorised into simple, medium and complex and tariffs calculated for each category based on expenditure and activity in the baseline year 2004/05. From this initial work the report recommends that two further test categories should be included, 1) very simple and 2) highly complex.
An informal consultation with UKGTN membership was conducted in 2007. All those that responded felt it was important that UKGTN continues to be involved in developing national tariffs for genetics and in working collaboratively to develop a consistent model of commissioning. The UKGTN continues to work with the NSCG, the HSCIC and the Department of Health in the development of genetic national tariffs.