Development of a new emergency care classification

In 2013-14 IHPA undertook an investigative review of national and international emergency care classification systems to recommend options for improving the classification in future years.

The overall recommendation from the investigative review was for the staged development of a new classification system, to replace Urgency Related Groups (URGs) and Urgency Disposition Groups (UDGs).

Emergency department principal diagnosis short list

IHPA is currently developing a principal diagnosis short in order to provide a nationally consistent approach to principal diagnosis reporting in emergency departments. The emergency department ICD 10 AM principal diagnosis short list will be a key component of the new emergency care classification system.

Australian Emergency Care Classification development

The new classification system will be more clinically meaningful and will better account for patient complexity compared to the current URG and UDG classifications. IHPA will commence classification development following completion of the costing study.

Emergency care costing study

IHPA is currently undertaking a comprehensive emergency care costing study in a number of jurisdictions to develop a better understanding of the costs associated with the delivery of emergency care services. The information collected from the costing study will then be used to inform the development of a new emergency care classification. The costing study includes an activity and cost data collection period from April to June 2016.

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