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Care type code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termCare type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term548216
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/03/2014
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the overall nature of care provided.

Representational attributes

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Rehabilitation care
2Palliative care
3Geriatric evaluation and management (GEM)
4Psychogeriatric care
5Mental health care
8Other care

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Rehabilitation care

Rehabilitation care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the functioning of a patient with an impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction due to a health condition. The patient will be capable of actively participating.

Rehabilitation care is always:

  • delivered under the management of or informed by a clinician with specialised expertise in rehabilitation; and
  • evidenced by an individualised multidisciplinary management plan, which is documented in the patient's medical record, that includes negotiated goals within specified time frames and formal assessment of functional ability.

CODE 2   Palliative care

Palliative care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is optimisation of the quality of life of a patient with an active and advanced life-limiting illness. The patient will have complex physical, psychosocial and/or spiritual needs.

Palliative care is always:

  • delivered under the management of or informed by a clinician with specialised expertise in palliative care; and 
  • evidenced by an individualised multidisciplinary assessment and management plan, which is documented in the patient's medical record, that covers the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and negotiated goals.

CODE 3   Geriatric evaluation and management (GEM)

Geriatric evaluation and management is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the functioning of a patient with multi-dimensional needs associated with medical conditions related to ageing, such as tendency to fall, incontinence, reduced mobility and cognitive impairment. The patient may also have complex psychosocial problems.

Geriatric evaluation and management is always:

  • delivered under the management of or informed by a clinician with specialised expertise in geriatric evaluation and management; and 
  • evidenced by an individualised multidisciplinary management plan, which is documented in the patient's medical record that covers the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of the patient and includes negotiated goals within indicative time frames and formal assessment of functional ability.

CODE 4   Psychogeriatric care

Psychogeriatric care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the functional status, behaviour and/or quality of life for an older patient with significant psychiatric or behavioural disturbance, caused by mental illness, an age-related organic brain impairment or a physical condition.

Psychogeriatric care is always:

  • delivered under the management of or informed by a clinician with specialised expertise in psychogeriatric care; and 
  • evidenced by an individualised multidisciplinary management plan, which is documented in the patient's medical record, that covers the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of the patient and includes negotiated goals within indicative time frames and formal assessment of functional ability. 

Psychogeriatric care is not applicable if the primary focus of care is acute symptom control. 

CODE 5   Mental health care

Mental health care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the symptoms and/or psychosocial, environmental and physical functioning related to a patient's mental disorder.

Mental health care is:

  • delivered under the management of, or regularly informed by, a clinician with specialised expertise in mental health;
  • evidenced by an individualised formal mental health assessment and the implementation of a documented mental health plan; and
  • may include significant psychosocial components, including family and carer support.

CODE 8   Other care

Any care provided that does not fall within the categories above, e.g. maintenance care, and acute care.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Subacute care type code N Health, Superseded 07/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standardisation pending 01/02/2013

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Non-admitted patient service event—care type, (derived) code N Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

Non-admitted patient service event—care type, (derived) code N Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

Non-admitted patient service event—care type, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Non-admitted patient service event—care type, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

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