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Efficiency of public hospitals

Cost per National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU)

Cost per NWAU, developed by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA), measures the costs of acute admitted patients against a common unit of activity (a measure of output), known as the National Weighted Activity Unit.

Indicator

Cost per NWAU

About the indicator

Data computed for 2012–13 and 2013–14 is done in accordance with the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s National Efficient Price (NEP) Determination 2015–16. For more information on these computation methods see https://www.ihpa.gov.au/publications/national-pricing-model-technical-specifications-2015-16External link, opens in a new window.. Previous years of data may use earlier NEP data for calculations. Specific information on calculation methods is available in the report Technical Supplement.

Specification

To see more about this measure view the data specification for this indicator on Australia’s metadata online registry, METeOR.

 Specification External link, opens in a new window.[http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/602613]

Total National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU)

Total National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU), developed by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA), measures total hospital activity using a common unit of activity, termed NWAU.

Indicator

Total NWAU

About the indicator

Data computed for 2012–13 and 2013–14 is done in accordance with the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s National Efficient Price Determination 2015–16. For more information on these computation methods see https://www.ihpa.gov.au/publications/national-pricing-model-technical-specifications-2015-16External link, opens in a new window.. Previous years of data may use earlier NEP data for calculations. Specific information on calculation methods is available in the report Technical Supplement.

Specification

To see more about this measure view the data specification for this indicator on Australia’s metadata online registry, METeOR.

 Specification External link, opens in a new window.[http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/602624]

Comparable Cost of Care

Comparable Cost of Care assesses the relative efficiency of acute admitted patients in major and large Australian public hospitals using comparable costs and weighted units of activity. Comparable Cost of Care refers to the subset of costs attributable to acute admitted patients that are considered to be nationally comparable across hospitals. Admitted patients are weighted based on the complexity of the patient as well as other patient specific costs drivers.

Indicator

Comparable Cost of Care

About the indicator

Comparable Cost of Care is derived from the National Hospital Cost Data Collection Round 16 (2011–12). This collection is managed by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). The full dataset specification can be found at https://www.ihpa.gov.au/publications/nhcdc-australian-public-hospitals-cost-report-2011-2012-round-16External link, opens in a new window.

Hospital admissions are in-scope for Comparable Cost of Care and total units of activity if:

  • The patient is classified as an acute admission
  • The patient was discharged and admitted within the 2011–12 financial year
  • The patient has a non-error AR-DRG 6.0 x.

Specification

To see more about this measure view the data specification for this indicator on Australia’s metadata online registry, METeOR.

 Specification External link, opens in a new window.[http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/602633]

Total units of activity, Comparable Cost of Care

Total units of activity measures the weighted activity units in scope for the Comparable Cost of Care indicator. To enable fair comparisons, admitted patients are weighted based on the complexity of the patient as well as other patient-specific costs drivers.

Indicator

Total units of activity

About the indicator

Total units of activity are derived from the National Hospital Cost Data Collection Round 16 (2011–12), a collection managed by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). The full dataset specification can be found at https://www.ihpa.gov.au/publications/nhcdc-australian-public-hospitals-cost-report-2011-2012-round-16External link, opens in a new window.

Total units of activity form the numerator of the National Health Performance Authority’s Comparable Cost of Care indicator.

Hospital admissions are in scope for Comparable Cost of Care and total units of activity if:

  • The patient is classified as an acute admission
  • The patient was discharged and admitted within the 2011–12 financial year
  • The patient has a non-error AR-DRG 6.0 x.

Specification

To see more about this measure view the data specification for this indicator on Australia’s metadata online registry, METeOR.

 Specification External link, opens in a new window.[http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/602645]