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Admitted patient care NBEDS 2020-21

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term715998
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 05/02/2021
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
Scope:Help on this term

The purpose of the Admitted patient care national best endeavours data set (APC NBEDS) is to collect information about care provided to admitted patients in Australian hospitals.

The scope of the APC NBEDS is episodes of care for admitted patients in all public and private acute and psychiatric hospitals, free standing day hospital facilities and alcohol and drug treatment centres in Australia. Hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and in Australia's off-shore territories may also be included. Hospitals specialising in dental, ophthalmic aids and other specialised acute medical or surgical care are included.

The scope of hospitals for which data are available may vary across jurisdictions.

Hospital boarders and still births are not included as they are not admitted to hospital. Posthumous organ procurement episodes are also not included.

Collection and usage attributes

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Episodes of care for admitted patients

Collection methods:Help on this term

Data are collected at each hospital from patient administrative and clinical record systems. Hospitals forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority for national collation, on a quarterly basis.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2020
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2021
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There may be some variation across jurisdictions in the definition of admission time and separation time. This variation would need to be documented in accompanying material regarding the data elements.

Interaction with the Admitted patient care National Minimum Data Set (APC NMDS) 201920

The APC NMDS and APC NBEDS work together to collect data on episodes of care for admitted patients.

It is intended that once the APC NBEDS is established, the data elements within the APC NBEDS will be integrated into the APC NMDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this NBEDS include:


Clinical intervention

Clinical review


Elective surgery

Episode of acute care

Geographic indicator

Hospital boarder

Hospital-in-the-home care

Intensive care unit

Live birth


Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement - posthumous


Residential mental health care service

Same-day patient


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Admitted patient care NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

Has been superseded by Admitted patient care NBEDS 2021-22 Health, Superseded 17/12/2021

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-Admitted patient care NMDS 2020–21Mandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission time, hhmmOptional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—separation time, hhmmOptional1
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