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Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2013-15

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term520140
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 12/06/2015
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of this national minimum data set (NMDS) is patients on waiting lists for elective surgery, as defined in the Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N data element (also known as 'Waiting list category'), which are managed by public acute hospitals. This will include private patients treated in public hospitals, and may include public patients treated in private hospitals.

Hospitals may also collect information for other care (as defined in the 'Waiting list category' data element), but this is not part of the NMDS for Elective surgery waiting times.

Patients on waiting lists managed by hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and Australia's external territories are not currently included.

Census data:

Data are collected for patients on elective surgery waiting lists who are yet to be admitted to hospital or removed for another reason. The scope is patients on elective surgery waiting lists on a census date who are 'ready for care' and patients who are 'not ready for care', as defined in the Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for care code N data element.

Collection and usage attributes

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Patients on waiting lists on census dates.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY is not required for reporting to the NMDS, but is necessary for the derivation of Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN].

Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N is not required for reporting to the NMDS, but is necessary for determining whether patients are in scope for the NMDS. These data elements should be collected at the local level and reported to state and territory health authorities as required.

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Census dates are 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2013
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2015
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There are two different types of data collected for this national minimum data set (census data and removals data) and the scope and list of data elements associated with each is different.

For the purposes of this NMDS, public hospitals include hospitals which are set up to provide services for public patients (as public hospitals do), but which are managed privately.

The inclusion of public patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists managed by private hospitals will be investigated in the future.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Information Management Group

Relational attributes

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See also Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N Health, Superseded 12/06/2015

Supersedes Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 02/05/2013

Has been superseded by Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

See also National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: National Elective Surgery Target (Part 1) Health, Standard 21/11/2013

See also National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: National Elective Surgery Target (Part 2) Health, Standard 21/11/2013

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Elective care waiting list episode—listing date for care, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code NMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NNMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code NMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for care code NMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor), code NNMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]Mandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Hospital census (of elective surgery waitlist patients)—census date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
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