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Episode of mental health care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEpisode of mental health care start date
METeOR identifier:Help on this term653738
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018
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The date on which an episode of mental health care formally or statistically commences, as expressed as DDMMYYYY.

Data Element Concept:Episode of mental health care—episode start date

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Representation class:Help on this termDate
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termDDMMYYYY
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

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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 separation. The admission and/or separation 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 separation. An episode reference period may be submitted when an episode continues for more than one financial year.

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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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Has been superseded by Episode of mental health care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 25/01/2018

Supersedes Episode of mental health care—episode start date, DDMMYYYY Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 28/02/2017

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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