KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 05 – Average cost per acute admitted patient day, 2015–
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||MHS PI 05: Average cost per acute admitted patient day, 2015–|
Average cost of patient day within acute psychiatric inpatient units managed by the mental health service organisation.
NOTE: This indicator is related to MHS PI 05J: Average cost per acute admitted patient day (Jurisdictional level version). There are no technical differences in the calculation methodologies between the Service level version and the Jurisdictional level version of this indicator.
|Indicator set:||Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services (Service level version) (2015–)|
Health, Superseded 16/02/2021
Collection and usage attributes
All public mental health service organisations acute psychiatric inpatient units.
Numerator ÷ Denominator
Total recurrent expenditure within the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) during the reference period.
Number of patient days occurring within the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) during the reference period.
Service variables: Target population; disorder specific services
Consumer attributes: Nil
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Data type:||Monetary amount|
|Unit of measure:||Currency|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Efficient|
Levels at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking:
|Further data development / collection required:|
The indicator can be accurately constructed using the Mental Health Establishments NMDS.
|Other issues caveats:|
Casemix adjustment is needed to interpret variation between organisations – to distinguish consumer and provider factors.
Patient day costs may be affected by provider factors beyond management control (for example, high fixed costs in institutions during downsizing, structural or design problems with units that need to be countered through higher rostering levels, etc.).
Costing methodologies are relatively underdeveloped in within the mental health sector, and vary across organisations, impacting on the quality of this indicator. Further work is required to achieve consistency in costing methodologies.
Source and reference attributes
Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services, Third edition (2014)
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 05 – Average cost per acute mental health admitted patient day, 2018 (Service level)
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