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Activity based funding: Emergency department care DSS 2013-2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term497500
Registration status:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 01/03/2013
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The scope of this DSS is emergency care provided in emergency departments in activity based funded hospitals.

These emergency departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Purposely designed and equipped area with designated assessment, treatment and resuscitation areas.
  • Ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies.
  • Availability of medical staff in the hospital 24 hours a day
  • Designated emergency department nursing staff and nursing unit manager 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

The scope also includes services where a patient is awaiting transit, had a pre-arranged admission, did not wait or died on arrival. Patients with Department of Veterans' Affairs or compensable funding source are also included in the scope of the collection.

The care provided to patients in emergency departments is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients. Patients being treated in emergency departments may subsequently become admitted. The care provided to non-admitted patients who are treated in the emergency department prior to being admitted is included in this DSS.


Excluded from scope are:

  • Care provided to patients who are being treated in an emergency department site as an admitted patient (e.g. in an observation unit, short-stay unit, emergency department ward or awaiting a bed in an admitted patient ward of the hospital).
  • Care provided to patients in General Practitioner co-located units.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this termEmergency department stay.
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National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) for national collection, on a quarterly basis as required under national health reform arrangements.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Quarterly data collection commencing 1 July each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2013
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2014
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Scope links with other metadata sets

Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the Admitted patient care NMDS.

Some previous data element concepts are available in the METeOR glossary. Glossary items are available online through links in the relevant metadata items. In addition, links to the glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification are listed below.

Activity based funding

Emergency department

Urgency related groups

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Emergency department care activity based funding DSS 2012-2013 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 31/10/2012

Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

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-Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Emergency department stay—additional diagnosis, code X[X(8)]Conditional2
-Emergency department stay—diagnosis classification type, code N.NConditional1
-Emergency department stay—physical departure date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—physical departure time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—presentation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—presentation time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—principal diagnosis, code X[X(8)]Conditional1
-Emergency department stay—transport mode (arrival), code NMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code NMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—urgency related group major diagnostic block, code N[AA]Mandatory1
-Emergency department stay—urgency related group, URG (v1.3) code [X]N[N]Mandatory1
-Emergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNNConditional1
-Episode of care—funding eligibility indicator (Department of Veterans' Affairs), code NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmmConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code NMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end time, hhmmMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service episode length, total minutes NNNNNMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code NConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage time, hhmmConditional1
-Patient—compensable status, code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2011) NNNNNMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2011) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
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