Outpatient care NMDS
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The scope of this National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) is for services provided to non-admitted, non-emergency patients registered for care in outpatient clinics of public hospitals that are classified as either Peer Group A or B (Principal referral and specialist women’s and children’s hospitals and Large hospitals) as reported in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australian Hospital Statistics publication from the preceding financial year.
Hospitals use the term ‘clinic’ to describe various arrangements under which they deliver services to non-admitted non-emergency department patients. Clinic services should be interpreted as encompassing services provided through specific organisational units staffed to administer and provide a certain range of outpatient care:
Generally, in such clinics, a booking system is administered and patient records are maintained to document patient attendances and care provided.
The scope includes all arrangements made to deliver specialist care to non-admitted patients whose treatment has been funded through the hospital, regardless of the source from which the hospital derives these funds. In particular, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, compensable and other patients funded through the hospital (including Medicare ineligible patients) are included.
Excluded from scope are:
Though admitted patient services are excluded from scope, outpatient services booked for reasons independent of or distinct from the admitted patient episode are in scope.
Collection and usage attributes
Occasions of service.
Within the scope as defined, and subject to specific counting rules, occasions of service to be counted include outreach clinic services, services delivered in a multidisciplinary mode and services delivered in group sessions.
National reporting arrangements:
State and territory Health authorities provide the data to the Department of Health and Ageing and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on an annual basis by 31 December each calendar year, for the previous financial year.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated:
Each financial year ending 30 June.
|Implementation start date:||01/07/2005|
|Implementation end date:||30/06/2006|
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