From 2013–14 to 2017–18, average emergency department presentation increased by 2.7 per cent per annum, which surpassed the average growth of
the population over the same period.
In 2013, IHPA commissioned an investigative review to determine whether emergency care classified according to the Urgency Related Groups (URG) and Urgency Disposition Groups (UDG) system accurately accounted for patient complexity and cost variation.
This article presents the findings of the review, and how the Australian Emergency Care Classification addresses the limitations of the URG and UDG in relation to cleaning meaning, restricted capacity for classification refinements, and the structural differences between the respective classifications.
This article was published in the Health Information Management Association Australia HIM-Intercharge - Volume 10, 2020.