Appointment—occasion of service indicator, yes/no code N
Data Element Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Appointment occasion of service flag|
|Definition:||An indicator for whether or not an appointment is an occasion of service, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Appointment—occasion of service indicator|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
An occasion of service is any examination, consultation, treatment or other service provided to a patient, or a group of patients, in a functional unit of a health service or hospital on each occasion that such a service is provided.
A service does not have to be provided in person. As long as the criteria for a valid occasion of service are met, a telephone conversation or telehealth service that is conducted as a substitute for face-to-face contact with the patient should be recorded as an occasion of service.
The location of the provider and patient is not relevant.
An Occasion of Service must satisfy the following criteria:
Previously, Occasion of Service was the counting unit used to report to the Outpatient Care NMDS 2007-13
using the data element Establishment-number of occasions of service, total N[NNNNNN]
This is in contrast to the Non-admitted patient service event, which has become the counting unit in all national reporting of non-admitted patients since the inception of the Non-admitted patient DSS 2013-14.
A non-admitted patient service event must satisfy the following criteria:
There are three Non-admitted patient care data set specifications for Activity Based Funding:
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. National Health Data Dictionary. Version 16 Cat. no. HWI 119. Canberra: AIHW.
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 2013. Tier 2 Non-admitted services compendium 2014-2015. Canberra: IHPA.
|Related metadata references:|
See also Establishment—number of occasions of service, total N[NNNNNN]
See also Non-admitted patient service event
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
WA Health, Standard 19/03/2015
WA Health, Standard 24/04/2015