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The development of a case mix classification system for the organisation and funding of Ambulatory Rehabilitation Services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – an Australian- Saudi Collaborative Project

Session outline

This iniative of the Minister of Health in KSA to develop rehabilitation services in ambulatory settings commenced in 2022 with the aim of developing a classification and funding system that would bring equity and uniformity to our patient rehabilitation medicine services. Once this stage is complete inpatient services may follow.

The need for a classification system in the KSA was driven by a need to develop a unified funding model to add value to ambulatory rehabilitation care.

This project represents an advance in health system management in Saudi Arabia with potential for application in other countries.

This project has been developed and lead by Dr Margaret Faux the CEO of an Australian Company Synapse medical and involves collaboration with Professor Kathy Eagar the original lead academic of the Australian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC). AROC was established by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and is supported by the Rehabilitation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
The workshop will describe the processes involved the developing the classification system and its application to outpatient clinical practice in rehabilitation medicine in KSA.

We will hear from experts in the financing systems and data regarding international comparison of funding systems for outpatient services in rehabilitation will be presented.

The classification system will be described together with its application to rehabilitation practice in KSA.
Experiences from rehabilitation Physicians who use the new system and the impact it has on outcomes and efficiency of care will be presented.

Learning outcomes

Attendees will understand the infrastructure required to establish a case-mix classification for outpatient rehabilitation episodes of care.

Attendees will gather an understanding of how case-mix infrastructure and associated information collection systems can potentially impact on the way clinicians deliver rehabilitation services to people living with a disability.

Attendees will be able to analyse the successes and challenges of the process of developing a case- mix classification system in ambulatory rehabilitation services for an entire population of one country and consider applicability to others.

Target audience

We expect that this short workshop will be attractive to

  • Administrators
  • Policy makers
  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Allied health
  • Medical practitioners
  • Students
  • Trainees
  • Nursing staff


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