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Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals from 2012–13 to 2014–15

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Appendix

Acute admitted patients

The report focuses on acute admitted patients, as they account for the largest proportion of hospital costs nationally. Acute admitted patients include patients who are admitted for the management of childbirth, surgery, or other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Table 4 provides more information on the Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs) which are included as part of the analysis (AIHW 2017a).

Table 4: Major Diagnostic Categories included in the computation of cost per NWAU, acute admitted patients.

MDC MDC description Included
0 Pre-MDC categorisation of high-resource use Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) such as transplants and tracheostomy included
1 Diseases and disorders of the nervous system included
2 Diseases and disorders of the eye included
3 Diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, mouth and throat included
4 Diseases and disorders of the respiratory system included
5 Diseases and disorders of the circulatory system included
6 Diseases and disorders of the digestive system included
7 Diseases and disorders of the hepatobiliary system and pancreas included
8 Diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue included
9 Diseases and disorders of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast included
10 Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases and disorders included
11 Diseases and disorders of the kidney and urinary tract included
12 Diseases and disorders of the male reproductive system included
13 Diseases and disorders of the female reproductive system included
14 Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium included
15 Newborns and other neonates included
16 Diseases and disorders of the blood and blood forming organs and immunological disorder included
17 Neoplastic disorders (haematological and solid neoplasms) included
18 Infectious and parasitic diseases included
19 Mental diseases and disorders included
20 Alcohol/drug use and alcohol/drug induced organic mental disorders included
21 Injuries, poisoning and toxic effects of drugs included
22 Burns included
23 Factors influencing health status and other contacts with health services included
24 Operating room procedures unrelated to MDC of principal diagnosis included
24 Error DRGs (960Z, 961Z, 963Z) not included
Source:
AIHW 2017. Australian refined diagnosis-related groups (AR-DRG) data cubes.