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Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2016-17

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term612344
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 05/10/2016
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of this data set is emergency services provided in activity based funded hospitals which do not meet all of the following criteria:

  • Purposely designated 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 available in the hospital 24 hours a day.
  • Designated emergency department nursing staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a designated emergency department nursing unit manager.

The care provided to patients in emergency services/urgent care centres is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients. Patients being treated in emergency services/urgent care centres may subsequently become admitted. All patients remain in-scope for this collection until they are recorded as having physically departed the emergency service/urgent care centre, regardless of whether they have been admitted. For this reason there is an overlap in the scope of this data set and the Admitted patient care National Minimum Data Set (APC NMDS).

The scope also includes services where patients did not wait to be attended by a health care professional and those dead on arrival. Patients with Department of Veterans' Affairs or compensable funding source are also included in the scope of the collection.

Excluded from the scope are:

  • Care provided to patients in General Practitioner (GP) co-located units. However, patient presentations that result in a referral to a GP co-located unit after registration, but before commencement of clinical care, are in scope.

Collection and usage attributes

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Emergency 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 six monthly basis as required under national health reform arrangements.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Six-monthly data collection commencing 1 July each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2016
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2017
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Scope links with other metadata sets

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

Mental health care provided in emergency services is in scope for the Activity based funding: Emergency service care National Best Endeavours Data Set.

Glossary items

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

Activity based funding


Compensable patient

Emergency department

Registered nurse


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Activity based funding: Emergency service care DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

Has been superseded by Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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-Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code NMandatory1
-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—episode end status, code NMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code NConditional1
-Patient—compensable status, code NMandatory1
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