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Episode of mental health care—episode start date

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term614070
Registration status:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 28/02/2017
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The date on which the patient commences an episode of mental health care.

Context:Help on this termSpecialised and non-specialised mental health care services for the purposes of activity based funding reporting.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Episode of mental health care
Definition:Help on this termThe period of mental health care between the formal or statistical commencement of care (such as an admission) and a formal or statistical completion of care (such as a separation) characterised by the mental health care type.
Context:Help on this termMental health care.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termThis treatment and/or care provided to a patient during an episode of care can occur in three different settings: admitted, ambulatory or residential.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Episode start date
Definition:Help on this termThe date on which an episode commenced.
Property group:Help on this termEntry into service event

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element concept attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The definition of a start date on which an episode of care commences may differ between settings. Therefore, for the purposes of activity based funding reporting the following definitions apply:

Admitted episodes refer to the period of care provided to a consumer who is admitted for care to a specialised psychiatric inpatient service or to a general public hospital for the purposes of receiving mental health care (i.e. the consumer would have a mental health care type). The period of care is commenced when the consumer has an admission and ceases with a discharge. The admission and/or discharge may be formal or statistical.

Ambulatory episodes refer to the care provided to consumers in a non-admitted setting and which does not take place in an admitted or residential setting. The service providing the care may be a specialised community-based ambulatory mental health service or it may be a non-specialised non-admitted public hospital service. The commencement of an ambulatory episode will occur in conjunction with a service contact, that may have been triggered by a new referral to community care or, if the consumer has previously been treated by the ambulatory team, the recommencement of care for a specified purpose or goal.

Residential episodes refer to the period of care provided to a consumer who is admitted for care to a specialised community-based residential service. This period of care commences with an admission, and ceases with a discharge. An episode reference period may be submitted when an episode continues for more than one financial year.

The values for this data element can be derived from existing data collections in the following circumstances:

Admitted patients - Episode of admitted patient care—admission date, DDMMYYYY 

Residential patients - Episode of residential care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY.

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See also Episode of admitted patient care—admission date, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 06/09/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/09/2016, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Has been superseded by Episode of mental health care—episode start date Health, Standard 28/02/2017

See also Episode of residential care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:Help on this term

Episode of mental health care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 28/02/2017

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