Episode of care—inter-hospital contracted patient status, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Inter-hospital contracted patient|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 05/10/2016|
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
An episode of care for an admitted patient whose treatment and/or care is provided under an arrangement between a hospital purchaser of hospital care (contracting hospital) and a provider of an admitted service (contracted hospital), and for which the activity is recorded by both hospitals, as represented by a code.
Admitted patient care:
To identify patients receiving services that have been contracted between hospitals. This metadata item is used to eliminate potential double-counting of hospital activity in the analysis of patterns of health care delivery and funding and epidemiological studies.
|Data Element Concept:||Episode of care—inter-hospital contracted patient status|
Value domain attributes
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Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Hospital activity provided under contract is to be reported by both the contracting (originating) hospital and by the contracted (destination) hospital, where the activity is recorded by both hospitals.
A specific arrangement should apply (either written or verbal) whereby one hospital contracts with another hospital for the provision of specific services. The arrangement may be between any combination of hospital; for example, public to public, public to private, private to private, or private to public.
This data element is designed to enable elimination of double counting of episodes of admitted patient care in national data compiled as per the Admitted patient care National Minimum Data Set. As such, contracted arrangements where the patient is only admitted to one hospital (i.e. contract type 4 where contract role=A) are not considered to be inter-hospital contracted care for the purposes of this data element. In contracted arrangements where the patient is admitted to both hospitals, provide data according to the guide for use below. In contracted arrangements where the patient is only admitted to one hospital, use code 5.
If Contract role = B (Hospital B, that is, the provider of the hospital service; contracted hospital), and Contract type = 2, 3, or 5 (that is, a hospital (Hospital A) purchases the activity, rather than a health authority or other external purchaser, and admits the patient for all or part of the episode of care, and/or records the contracted activity within the patient's record for the episode of care). Then record a value of 1, if Hospital A is a public hospital or record a value of 2, if Hospital A is a private hospital.
If Contract role = A (Hospital A, that is, the hospital purchasing the activity; contracting hospital), and Contract type = 2, 3, or 5 (that is, the reporting hospital purchases the activity and admits the patient for all or part of the episode of care, and/or records the contracted activity within the patient's record for the episode of care). Then record a value of 3, if Hospital B is a public hospital or record a value of 4, if Hospital B is a private hospital.
All services provided at both the originating and destination hospitals should be recorded and reported by both hospitals. The destination hospital should record the admission as an 'Inter-hospital contracted patient' so that these services can be identified in the various statistics produced about hospital activity.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Episode of care—inter-hospital contracted patient status, code N Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Is formed using Hospital—contract role, code A Health, Standard 01/03/2005, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
Is formed using Hospital—contract type, code N Health, Standard 01/03/2005, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
All attributes +
Admitted patient care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Admitted patient care NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
Admitted patient care NMDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019
Admitted patient care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 05/02/2021
Admitted patient care NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 05/02/2021
Admitted patient care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021