Private Hospital Data Collection Review Final Report

Appendix D

Private Hospital Data Collection Review - Final Report

Page last updated: 14 June 2012

List of recommendations

Recommendation Undertake increased analysis of NHCDC information and develop a series of “experimental estimate” reports.

Recommendation That the responsibility for the Private Health Establishments Collection be transferred to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Recommendation That CSV file format with field names in the first record be adopted as the standard file format for PHDB and HCP files. This recommendation covers all HCP files, including HCP1, HCP2 and AN-SNAP.

Recommendation That jurisdictions and private hospitals be approached to undertake a pilot test of a process for effecting a common file format for those data fields common to PHDB, HCP and the APC NMDS.

Recommendation That, subject to the above pilot succeeding, the successful model for common specification of common fields be rolled out to all private hospitals and all jurisdictions.

Recommendation That the health insurance industry formally seek membership of NHISSC as an observer. This could be either as a permanent (observer) member or on an occasional basis, when issues specific to health insurers are to be considered.

Recommendation That PHWG and HCPWG meet together at least once per year to discuss data related issues. This meeting should take place in the December quarter, to allow sufficient time for issues requiring implementation in the following financial year to be identified and considered.

Recommendation That NHISSC be asked to develop a formal protocol for assessing business and related impacts of proposed changes to APC NMDS data items and associated metadata on the private hospital and health insurance sector.

Recommendation That the ECLIPSE record specification be updated to permit transmission of HCP data according to the current HCP specification.

Recommendation That the ECLIPSE record specification thereafter be maintained to ensure its capability to transmit HCP data remains current.

Recommendation Investigate the feasibility of conducting a data linking exercise between a jurisdictional health department and insurers for improved HCP information.