Outpatient care NMDS 2007-13
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 department, patients registered for care by specialist outpatient clinics of public hospitals that are classified as either principal referral and specialist women’s and children’s hospitals and large hospitals (Peer Group A or B) 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 specialist outpatient services to non-admitted non-emergency department patients. Outpatient 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, non-emergency department 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.
For the purposes of the Outpatient care NMDS, outreach services are counted at the specialist clinic where the patient is booked. Outreach services involve travel by the service provider, or services provided by a service provider via ICT (including but not limited to telephone and telehealth consultations). Such services may also be provided in the home, place of work or other non-hospital site.
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. A separate count of services delivered in group sessions is also collected.
Excluded from scope are:
Admitted patient services are excluded from scope. However, outpatient services booked for reasons independent of, or distinct from the admitted patient episode are in scope.
Collection and usage attributes
Occasions of service.
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:||01/07/2007|
|Implementation end date:||30/06/2013|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Non-admitted patient NMDS Development Working Party, 2006|
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Activity based funding: Non-admitted patient care aggregate DSS 2013-2014
Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient care aggregate NMDS 2013-14
See also Appointment—occasion of service indicator, yes/no code N
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