Elective care type code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Definition:||A code set representing the type of elective hospital care.|
|Classification scheme:||Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) 9th edition|
|Maximum character length:||1|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Elective surgery comprises elective care where the procedures required by patients are listed in the surgical operations section of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, with the exclusion of specific procedures frequently done by non-surgical clinicians.
CODE 1 Elective surgery
All elective surgery, that is excluding procedures listed in the exclusion list for Code 2 below, should be included in this code.
CODE 2 Other
Patients awaiting the following procedures should be classified as Code 2 - Other:
These procedure terms are also defined by the Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) codes which are listed in the Comments field below. This coded list is the recommended, but optional, method for determining whether a patient is classified as requiring elective surgery or other care.
The table of Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) procedure codes was originally prepared by the National Centre for Classification in Health. Some codes were excluded from the list on the basis that they are usually performed by non-surgeon clinicians. A more extensive and detailed listing of procedure descriptors is under development. This will replace the list in the Guide for use to more readily facilitate the identification of the exclusions when the list of codes is not used.
ACHI codes for the excluded procedures:
Biopsy (needle) of:
Bronchoscopy (including fibre-optic bronchoscopy):
Dental procedures not attracting a Medicare rebate:
Endoscopy of biliary tract and pancreas:
Endoscopy of oesophagus:
Endoscopy of large intestine, rectum and anus:
Endovascular interventional procedures:
In vitro fertilisation:
Miscellaneous cardiac procedures:
Miscellaneous lower urinary tract procedures:
Organ or tissue transplant:
Peritoneal and renal dialysis:
Procedures associated with obstetrics:
Other diagnostic and non-surgical procedures:
Source and reference attributes
Australian Consortium for Classification Development (ACCD) 2015. The Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) – Ninth Edition - Tabular list of interventions and Alphabetic index of interventions. Adelaide: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Lane Publishing.
ACHI was developed by the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) at the University of Sydney. During the development, the NCCH was advised by members of the NCCH Coding Standards Advisory Committee (CSAC) and the Clinical Classification and Coding Groups (CCCG), consisting of expert clinical coders and clinicians nominated by the Clinical Casemix Committee of Australia.
In 2010, the National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC) at the University of Wollongong assumed responsibility for ACHI development and maintenance. NCCC developed the 2012 version of ACHI, released for implementation in 2013.
In 2013, the NCCH at the University of Sydney once again assumed responsibility for ACHI development and maintenance, as part of a consortium under the name of the Australian Centre for Classification Development (ACCD). The ACCD comprises the NCCH, the University of Western Sydney and KPMG.
From 1 July 2014, all ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and AR-DRG related products are available for purchase from the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). For further information, contact the IHPA via the following email address:
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Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N
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