In order for Activity Based Funding to be effective, each patient episode needs to be counted. This includes inpatient admissions, emergency department presentations and outpatient appointments as well as a range of mental health and rehabilitation services.
The Data Acquisition team at IHPA works with states and territories to develop appropriate data specifications, and to acquire, validate and maintain data in the IHPA information technology environment.
ABF six-monthly activity data submission
The purpose of the ABF six-monthly activity data submission is to collect information about various kinds of patient services provided by Australian hospitals, to input into the in the Activity Based Funding process. Currently, IHPA collects activity data for seven data streams, including:
- Admitted acute
- Non-admitted services (aggregated data)
- Non-admitted services (patient-level data)
- Emergency (aggregated data)
- Emergency (patient-level data)
- Admitted subacute & non-acute
- Teaching, training and research
- Mental health care (from 2015-16 onwards).
Jurisdictions are required to submit activity data to IHPA on a six monthly basis and teaching, training and research data on an annual basis. The activity data is submitted through the IHPA data portal.
National Hospital Cost Data Collection
Hospital cost and expenditure data, collected through the National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC), are used as another important input in the Activity Based Funding process. Jurisdictions are required to submit cost data to IHPA on an annual basis. The cost data is submitted via the IHPA data portal with supplied credentials.
Online data cube
The National Benchmarking Portal is a secure web based application that provides access to compare costs and activity data from public hospitals across the country.