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Admitted patient care NMDS 2014-15

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term535047
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 13/11/2014
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The purpose of the Admitted patient care national minimum data set (APC NMDS) is to collect information about care provided to admitted patients in Australian hospitals.

The scope of the APC NMDS is episodes of care for admitted patients in all public and private acute and psychiatric hospitals, free standing day hospital facilities and alcohol and drug treatment centres in Australia. Hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and in Australia's off-shore territories may also be included. Hospitals specialising in dental, ophthalmic aids and other specialised acute medical or surgical care are included.

Hospital boarders and still births are not included as they are not admitted to hospital. Posthumous organ procurement episodes are also not included.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this termEpisodes of care for admitted patients
Collection methods:Help on this term

Data are collected at each hospital from patient administrative and clinical record systems. Hospitals forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).

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

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2014
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2015
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Scope links with other NMDSs

Episodes of care for admitted patients which occur partly or fully in designated psychiatric units of public acute hospitals or in public psychiatric hospitals:

  • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS.

Episodes of care for admitted patients where care type is palliative care:

  • Admitted patient palliative care NMDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.


Clinical intervention

Clinical review


Elective surgery

Episode of acute care

Geographic indicator

Hospital boarder

Hospital-in-the-home care

Intensive care unit

Live birth


Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement - posthumous


Residential mental health care service

Same-day patient


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Activity based funding: Admitted acute hospital care DSS 2013-2014 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 01/03/2013

See also Activity based funding: Emergency service care DSS 2014-15 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 14/01/2015

Supersedes Admitted patient care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

Has been superseded by Admitted patient care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 10/11/2015

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Admitted subacute and non-acute hospital care DSS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

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-Elective surgery waiting times clusterConditional99
-Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Contracted hospital care—organisation identifier, NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care (newborn)—number of qualified days, total N[NNNN]Conditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission urgency status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—condition onset flag, code NMandatory99
-Episode of admitted patient care—duration of continuous ventilatory support, total hours NNNNConditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—intended length of hospital stay, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—length of stay in intensive care unit, total hours NNNNConditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—number of days of hospital-in-the-home care, total {N[NN]}Mandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—number of leave days, total N[NN]Mandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—patient election status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—procedure, code (ACHI 8th edn) NNNNN-NNMandatory99
-Episode of admitted patient care—referral source, public psychiatric hospital code NNConditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—separation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—separation mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Conditional99
-Episode of care—inter-hospital contracted patient status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—number of psychiatric care days, total N[NNNN]Mandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Episode of care—source of funding, patient funding source code NNMandatory1
-Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—geographic remoteness, admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (state/territory), NNNNNMandatory1
-Establishment—region identifier, X[X]Mandatory1
-Establishment—sector, code NMandatory1
-Hospital service—care type, code N[N]Mandatory1
-Injury event—activity type, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANNNNMandatory99
-Injury event—external cause, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory99
-Injury event—place of occurrence, code (ICD-10-AM 8th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory99
-Patient—hospital insurance status, code NMandatory1
-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—eligibility status, Medicare code NMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Person—weight (measured), total grams NNNNConditional1
-Record—identifier, X[X(79)]Mandatory1
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