Payment by Results, first introduced in 2003, is intended to bring more transparency to NHS funding by actually paying for the care which patients receive.
The RCM and Department of Health have jointly published a guide which seeks to provide an easily understandable summary of how the Payment by Results (PbR) funding system works for maternity services.
The guide explains:
the background to the introduction of PbR
how the tariffs have been calculated
the arrangements that need to be put in place this year ahead of the introduction of the new maternity pathway tariffs in 2013/14.
how PbR applies to births (including home births), antenatal care, antenatal admissions and postnatal care
NEW : Download the revised Maternity Services Pathway Payment system: a Simple Guide - 2012 / 2013 here.