National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: National Emergency Access Target
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||National Emergency Access Target (NEAT)|
|Description:||For all patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department (including publicly funded privately operated hospitals), the percentage of presentations where the time from presentation to physical departure, i.e. the length of the emergency department stay, is ≤ 4 hours, i.e. ≤ 240 minutes.|
|Indicator set:||Performance Indicators for the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services|
Health, Standard 21/11/2013
Collection and usage attributes
Data are provided as per the Non-admitted patient emergency department care (NAPEDC) NMDS 2012-13.
The scope for calculation of the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) is all hospitals reporting to the NAPEDC NMDS (Peer Groups A, B and other) as at August 2011 (when the National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services was signed). For the duration of the agreement, hospitals that have not previously reported to the NAPEDC NMDS can come into scope, subject to agreement between the jurisdiction and the Commonwealth.
Calculation includes all presentations with a physical departure date/time in the reporting period, including records where the presentation date/time is prior to the reporting period. Invalid records are excluded from the numerator and denominator. Invalid records are records for which:
Calculation includes presentations with any Type of visit to emergency department.
Emergency department (ED) stay length is calculated by subtracting Time patient presents and Date patient presents from Emergency department physical departure time and Emergency department physical departure date respectively, as per the business rules included in the NAPEDC NMDS 2012-13:
|Computation:||100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)|
|Numerator:||Number of emergency department presentations where ED stay length is ≤ 4 hours (i.e. ≤ 240 minutes).|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Number of emergency department presentations|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||By state/territory and hospital|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Performance by states and territories will be measured against the schedule of improvement agreed in the National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services Schedule C (National Emergency Access Target–Facilitation and Reward Funding), Table C5.
Information about the volume of invalid records will be included in data quality statements.
|Unit of measure:||Service event|
Data source attributes
Department of Health and Ageing; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Reporting requirements:||National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Department of Health and Ageing|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations. National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services, Schedule C. Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations, Canberra. Viewed 15 February 2013,
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See also National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: Admission to hospital from emergency departments
See also Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2012-13
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