New South Wales report, August 2013

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In this report

This report includes the following tables:

This report is issued by the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool under section 240 of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

This report is prepared on a cash basis. It shows monthly and year-to-date (YTD) National Health Reform (NHR) funding and payments for New South Wales for August 2013 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement.

Local hospital networks and National Health Reform

A local hospital network (LHN) is an organisation that provides public hospital services in accordance with the Agreement. An LHN can contain one or more hospitals, and is usually defined as a business group, geographical area or community. Every Australian public hospital is part of an LHN.

Note: The term ‘local hospital network’ is a national term. Some states and territories use their own terminology to describe these networks, such as local health districts, health organisations, and hospital and health services.

Under the Agreement, LHNs receive funding for the following public hospital services:

  • All admitted and non-admitted services
  • All emergency department services provided by a recognised emergency department
  • Other outpatient, mental health, sub-acute services and other services that could reasonably be considered a public hospital service.

Note: LHNs also receive funding from other sources, including the Commonwealth, states and territories, and third parties for the provision of other specific functions and services outside the scope of the Agreement, for example dental services, primary care, home and community care, residential aged care and pharmaceuticals. For further information on total funding to a particular LHN, contact the NSW Ministry of Health to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – New South Wales, August 2013

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth NHR funding, 2013-14.

The basis used to determine NHR payments to local hospital networks (LHNs) in New South Wales for August 2013 was advised by the NSW Ministry of Health to be as follows:

Basis used to determine NHR payments to local hospital networks (LHNs) – New South Wales

The process for determining 2013-14 NHR payments to LHNs encompassed three distinct elements of preparation for the individual LHN Service Agreements, including development of annual activity estimates, discussion/negotiation of activity levels with individual LHNs, and total state-wide activity across each activity type.

Consistent with last year’s methodology and pursuant with the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA), the Ministry of Health has adopted the National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU) as the currency for Activity Based Funding with the applicable version being NWAU13, which is different from the previous year (NWAU12). In addition, the scope of services under the NHRA from 1 July 2013 has now been expanded to include Mental Health services (Admitted only) and Sub and non acute services (Admitted and Non Admitted), as such a greater number of facilities are now in scope for ABF.

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has also introduced a National Efficient Cost funding model that applies to small regional and remote hospitals. NSW has adopted the mechanics of this funding model expressed in a matrix to determine the funding allocation to LHNs for these small hospitals.

Ensuring access to health services for local populations is a key objective of NSW health policy. The Health Services Act 1997 stipulates that in determining LHN budgets, the Minister have regard to the size and health needs of the local population and provision of services to residents outside the local area. Accordingly, targets are adjusted considering factors appropriate to each LHN and service type, rather than simple extrapolation from historical activity data. The factors considered are reviewed on an annual basis.

In 2013-14 a series of elements were applied to each in scope service stream to ensure that activity targets are tailored to the requirements and patterns of each LHN. Activity targets are developed by the Ministry and LHNs based on analysis of activity levels over four years to 2011-12 plus forecast 2012-13 activity. This analysis was further informed in 2013/14 by the following factors:

  • Weighted population change: providing an indication of expected ‘natural’ growth
  • Rate of unplanned re-admissions within 28 days, to offset growth
  • Potentially preventable hospitalisation (PPH), to offset growth
  • Relative Utilisation Rate (RUR) and Health Need Index (HNI)
  • Inter-district and cross-border flows (where relevant)
  • Current year activity relative to targets
  • Known service changes and developments, including planned capacity increases.

Price weight adjustments which are being applied in 2013-14 include:

  • Specialist paediatric hospitals
  • Aboriginal patients
  • Patients from outer regional, remote or very remote locations
  • Private patients (service and accommodation adjustments).

Provisional activity estimates are generally created at a facility level to provide the basis for discussion and negotiation with individual health services to determine agreed LHN level activity targets, with the activity volumes measured using the weights for each Service Category. Additionally, where applicable, activity estimation is split by financial class to allow differential funding mechanisms to be applied to the respective service groups to reflect the variation in funding source. These financial classes include Public, Private and Compensable (DVA, MVA, Workers Compensation, Other Compensable).

Provisional estimates and historical activity measures provide the basis for discussions with individual Health Services and subsequent negotiations for approval or adjustment.

The negotiation process allows for relevant local LHN service issues and activity impact to be communicated with the NSW Ministry of Health (Ministry) to assess the potential impact on future year activity volumes and the relevance of related service strategies to address these. It is important that negotiation processes recognise that funding and purchasing are undertaken in the environment of a capped State / Commonwealth funding pool for 2013/14 and recognition that NSW contributes the larger portion of these funds as well as being responsible for management of the system as a whole. When negotiations have concluded, the Ministry incorporates the final activity targets in each LHN’s annual Service Agreement. Where an LHN achieves delivery of selected services through Affiliated Health Organisations or contracted services with a private provider these arrangements are to be specified in agreements between the LHN and the respective provider. Both the funding (and subsidy) and associated activity pertaining to such providers are included in the budget and the activity estimates appearing in the LHN’s annual Service Agreement.

Cash payments processed within the National Health Funding Pool (NHFP) Payments System and included within the Administrator’s monthly reports are based on the accrued budget for both ABF and in-scope block funding derived from the LHN Service Agreements after deducting an allowance to recognise own sourced revenue earned, and retained by the LHNs and liabilities for superannuation and long service leave which are accepted by the Crown.

The resultant cash value is processed through the state pool account (ABF) or the state managed fund (in-scope block). Although a consistent methodology has been applied, variations in cash prices between LHNs reflect the differing mix of the above components (own sourced revenue and Crown accepted liabilities) of each local hospital network’s accrued cost.

In addition to receiving weekly cash payments from the state pool account and the state managed fund, LHNs also receive direct State Government funding for 2013-14 for all “out of scope” services not subject to the National Health Reform Agreement arrangements as required under their 2013-14 Service Agreements.

Monthly reports – Basis on which payments were made

For NSW, all dollar values included in the tables issued by the Administrator are cash payments from either the NSW state pool account to LHNs or cash payments from the state managed fund to LHNs, and one exception that requires a quarterly cash payment to the Victorian Department of Health for NSW contribution for the Albury-Wodonga inter-jurisdictional agreement.

The weekly cash payment to an LHN reflects the estimated cost of patient related services anticipated to be delivered during the monthly cash payment period. The estimated monthly activity and the weekly cash payments are determined based on the annual LHN Service Agreements.

Cash payments from the NSW state pool account and from the state managed fund to LHNs are processed each Tuesday. Reporting by the Administrator is based on cash payments made during a given month and is therefore dependent on the number of Tuesdays in a particular month. During 2013-14, July 2013, October 2013, December 2013 and April 2014 each have five Tuesdays, with all other months having four Tuesdays. If accrual accounting principles were being applied within the NHFA Payments System, the value of the reported cash payments would recognise only the number of calendar days in a particular month, not the 35 days (five weeks paid) or 28 days (four weeks paid), as reported by the Administrator.

Cash payments to LHNs from both the NSW state pool account and state managed fund are generally calculated based on equal weekly instalments to health services unless otherwise negotiated.

Other payments will occur in 2013-14 that are outside the regular weekly (Tuesday) payment cycle. Such payments include the full year insurance premium, quarterly payments to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, quarterly payments to Victoria Health for the Albury-Wodonga inter-jurisdictional agreement and payments to other States/Territories for NSW residents treated in their public hospitals. Payments to LHNs may also vary where their cash entitlement alters during the financial year.

Monthly comparison of cash payments from the NSW state pool and state managed fund can vary month to month predominately due to these planned payments.

The cash payments from the NSW state pool account or state managed fund do not reflect the full budgeted funding available to health services in NSW. Other sources of funds available to LHNs include separate payments from the Crown (for example, defined superannuation scheme and long service leave cash recovery) as well as own sourced revenues earned and retained by each LHN.

For August 2013, there is a residual of Commonwealth funding of $20,064,973.03 in the NSW State Pool Account relating to Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) $7,429,978.80 and Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN) $12,634,994.23. This advanced payment volume will be disbursed evenly over the remaining monthly payments to FWLHD & SCHN in accordance with the revised ABF activity detailed within the final FWLHD & SCHN 2013/14 Service Agreement.

For more information on budget allocations, see the 2013-14 LHN Service Agreements which are available on each NSW LHN website from 1 September 2013.

Reference information

The financial information outlined in the following report is categorised as:

  • NHR funding – when the Commonwealth or state or territory government pays NHR funding into a state pool account or state managed fund.
  • NHR payments – when NHR funding that has been deposited into a state pool account or state managed fund is paid out of the state pool account by the Administrator, or is paid out of the state managed fund by the state or territory.

State pool account transactions

Table 1a – State pool account transactions – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows funding paid into the New South Wales state pool account by the Commonwealth, New South Wales or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NSW Ministry of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for August 2013.

NHR funding by source Paid Into state pool account Paid Out of state pool account
To Local hospital networks To State
Managed Fund
To state
health department
To state pool (other State) Total paid out
($) ($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
309,479,612 293,173,895 293,173,895
Commonwealth
Block funding
50,069,848 50,069,848 50,069,848
Commonwealth
Other funding
8,685,520 8,685,520 8,685,520
Total C'wealth
funding
368,234,979 293,173,895 50,069,848 8,685,520 351,929,263
NSW
funding
372,537,647 372,396,848 140,799 0 372,537,647
Other state/territory funding 0 0
Total 740,772,626 665,570,743 50,069,848 8,826,319 0 724,466,910

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – New South Wales, August 2013

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the New South Wales state pool account by the Commonwealth, New South Wales or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NSW Ministry of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at August 2013.

NHR funding by source Paid Into state
pool account
Paid Out of state pool account
To Local hospital
networks
YTD
To State
Managed Fund
YTD
To state health
department
YTD
To state pool (other State)
YTD
Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
618,959,223 598,894,250 598,894,250
Commonwealth
Block funding
100,139,696 100,139,696 100,139,696
Commonwealth
Other funding
17,371,039 17,371,039 17,371,039
Total C'wealth
funding
736,469,958 598,894,250 100,139,696 17,371,039 716,404,985
NSW
funding
869,664,443 869,348,028 316,415 0 869,664,443
Other state/territory funding 0 0
Total 1,606,134,401 1,468,242,278 100,139,696 17,687,455 0 1,586,069,428

Commonwealth ABF funding represents Acute admitted public, Acute admitted private, Non-admitted, and Emergency department, Sub-acute, and Admitted mental health service categories, which are funded by the Commonwealth through the state pool account and subsequently paid to LHNs.

Commonwealth Block funding represents Non-admitted mental health, Small rural hospitals, Teaching, training & research, and Other non-admitted categories, which are funded by the Commonwealth and paid to the state managed fund.

Commonwealth Other funding represents other amounts funded by the Commonwealth, transacted through the state pool account and subsequently paid to state or territory health departments. This currently represents the Commonwealth contribution to public health.

NSW funding represents funding contributions paid by New South Wales into its own state pool account, and subsequently paid to LHNs within the state, to the New South Wales health department and/or to other state pool accounts.

Other state/territory funding represents contributions paid to New South Wales by other states and territories for cross-border activity.

Note: The grey shaded areas in these tables reflect that these amounts are not applicable for a particular 'paid out' column. For example, Commonwealth block funding is only paid to state managed funds and is not applicable for local hospital networks or state or territory health departments.

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

State managed fund transactions

Table 2a – State managed fund transactions – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows funding paid into the New South Wales state managed fund by the Commonwealth and New South Wales, and payments out of the state managed fund to local hospital networks and other provider organisations for August 2013.

NHR funding by source Paid into state managed fund Paid out of state managed fund
To local hospital networks To Other Total paid out
($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth Block funding 50,069,848 50,069,848
State/territory Block funding 91,553,753 91,553,753
Total 141,623,601 137,269,010 4,354,590 141,623,601

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – New South Wales, August 2013

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the New South Wales state managed fund by the Commonwealth and New South Wales, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at August 2013.

NHR funding by source Paid into state
managed fund
YTD
Paid out of state managed fund YTD
To local hospital
networks
YTD
To Other
YTD
Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth Block funding 100,139,696 100,139,696
State/territory Block funding 338,017,962 338,017,962
Total 438,157,657 410,545,610 27,612,048 438,157,657

Block funding represents Non-admitted mental health, Small rural hospitals, Teaching, training & research, and Other non-admitted categories.

Commonwealth Block funding represents Commonwealth block funding contributions paid into the state managed fund from the state pool account, and block payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations.

State/territory Block funding represents New South Wales block funding contributions into the state managed fund, and block payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations.

Note: The grey shaded areas in these tables reflect that these block payments cannot at this stage be identified by source of funding (state, territory or Commonwealth contribution).

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

NHR funding and payments by service category

Table 3 – NHR funding and payments by service category – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for New South Wales for August 2013. NHR funding and payments are separated into the following service categories – activity-based funding (ABF), block funding, and other funding.

Service category NHR funding NHR payments YTD NHR
funding
YTD NHR
payments
($) ($) ($) ($)
ABF
Acute admitted - public 353,856,325 346,730,389 773,778,025 765,058,644
Acute admitted - private 56,091,681 54,144,178 121,576,382 119,395,454
Non-admitted 114,391,119 109,875,192 246,989,033 241,720,532
Emergency department 79,668,832 77,804,360 174,207,742 171,672,872
Admitted mental health 41,435,867 40,869,896 91,471,086 90,530,417
Sub-acute 36,432,635 36,146,727 80,284,982 79,864,359
Total ABF (Pool) 681,876,459 665,570,743 1,488,307,251 1,468,242,278
Block
Non-admitted mental health 28,715,307 28,715,307 96,367,612 96,367,612
Small rural hospitals 64,758,481 64,758,481 196,687,965 196,687,965
Teaching, training & research 21,466,992 21,466,992 68,287,893 68,287,893
Other non-admitted services 26,682,821 26,682,821 76,814,188 76,814,188
Total Block (SMF) 141,623,601 141,623,601 438,157,657 438,157,657
Other
Public health funding 8,685,520 8,685,520 17,371,039 17,371,039
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 140,799 140,799 316,415 316,415
Total Other (Pool) 8,826,319 8,826,319 17,687,455 17,687,455
Grand Total 832,326,378 816,020,662 1,944,152,363 1,924,087,390

Total ABF (Pool) is an aggregate of both Commonwealth and state or territory NHR funding and payments for activity-based funding (ABF) which is transacted through the state pool account.

Total Block (SMF) is an aggregate of both Commonwealth and state or territory NHR funding and payments for block funding which is transacted through the state managed fund (SMF).

Total Other (Pool) represents other funding and payments, which are transacted through the state pool account, including public health funding, overdeposits, cross-border funding and payments, and interest.

State and territory cross-border payments can either be:

  • Paid to the relevant state or territory's LHNs - included within ABF and/or block payments in the above table, or
  • Reimbursed to the relevant state or territory where the state or territory's LHNs are already being funded for the cost of treating cross-border patients - shown in the Cross-border row under Other in the above table.

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

NHR contributions by local hospital network

Table 4a – NHR contributions by local hospital network – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in New South Wales during August 2013.

NHR contributions to LHNs are separated into an activity-based funding (ABF) component and a block component.

Local hospital network (LHN) ABF component
(ex GST)
Block component
(ex GST)
Total NHR payment
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($)
Central Coast Local Health District 33,395,543 3,205,860 36,601,403
Far West Local Health District 3,994,790 1,353,894 5,348,684
Hunter New England Local Health District 70,664,312 26,205,873 96,870,185
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 37,402,155 3,938,894 41,341,049
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network 0 9,852,259 9,852,259
Mid North Coast Local Health District 21,498,357 6,633,549 28,131,906
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 14,708,016 10,853,302 25,561,318
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 35,562,212 3,297,534 38,859,746
Northern NSW Local Health District 28,790,741 6,538,557 35,329,298
Northern Sydney Local Health District 57,544,796 15,176,693 72,721,489
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 72,187,486 4,707,672 76,895,158
South Western Sydney Local Health District 77,508,214 4,669,881 82,178,095
Southern NSW Local Health District 13,773,435 5,054,075 18,827,510
St Vincent's Health Network 17,360,120 1,359,473 18,719,593
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 29,326,265 861,329 30,187,594
Sydney Local Health District 65,713,283 9,324,341 75,037,624
Western NSW Local Health District 24,143,995 13,479,490 37,623,485
Western Sydney Local Health District 61,997,023 10,756,333 72,753,356
Total 665,570,743 137,269,010 802,839,753

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in New South Wales as at August 2013.

NHR contributions to LHNs are separated into an activity-based funding (ABF) component and a block component.

Local hospital network ABF component YTD
(ex GST)
Block component YTD
(ex GST)
Total NHR payment YTD
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($)
Central Coast Local Health District 75,181,408 16,548,699 91,730,107
Far West Local Health District 9,695,790 3,721,669 13,417,459
Hunter New England Local Health District 162,069,441 67,532,755 229,602,196
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 78,012,239 17,248,106 95,260,345
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network 0 22,010,075 22,010,075
Mid North Coast Local Health District 44,749,499 18,216,525 62,966,024
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 32,808,082 26,695,909 59,503,991
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 78,747,768 11,259,489 90,007,257
Northern NSW Local Health District 60,444,274 20,033,963 80,478,237
Northern Sydney Local Health District 127,349,919 38,587,988 165,937,907
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 157,845,407 20,223,781 178,069,188
South Western Sydney Local Health District 174,129,218 24,472,140 198,601,358
Southern NSW Local Health District 31,090,909 12,336,557 43,427,466
St Vincent's Health Network 39,108,565 7,253,183 46,361,748
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 60,691,531 6,747,881 67,439,412
Sydney Local Health District 145,689,542 30,104,908 175,794,450
Western NSW Local Health District 54,834,900 33,570,764 88,405,664
Western Sydney Local Health District 135,793,786 33,981,218 169,775,004
Total 1,468,242,278 410,545,610 1,878,787,888

NHR contributions in this table are GST exclusive to enable comparability of NHR payments in each local hospital network report.

Note: This table excludes GST.
The majority of government funding to LHNs is not subject to GST. However in some cases hospital funding to non-government entities does attract GST, for example, denominational hospitals, privately and commercially owned health facilities, or any other non-government third party provider of health services or related supplies.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

Estimated monthly, YTD and annual activity

States and territories provide service volume estimates at the start of each financial year, and if required, can continue to refine these estimates during the course of the year. These estimates form the basis of monthly reporting of service volumes until actual service numbers become available. These estimates are expressed as National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU).

States and territories provide estimated annual NWAU to the Administrator as a basis for determining the Commonwealth activity-based funding. Current month NWAU estimates accumulate through the year-to-date (YTD) NWAU, to be equal to the annual NWAU at the end of the financial year.

States and territories may also provide activity information relating to the delivery of other public hospital functions funded.

Table 5 – Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU by local hospital network – New South Wales, August 2013

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for August 2013, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD), and total estimated annual NWAU for each LHN in New South Wales.

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2013-14
Central Coast Local Health District 7,950 15,900 139,405
Far West Local Health District 823 1,646 53,301
Hunter New England Local Health District 18,799 37,598 248,266
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 10,197 20,394 101,631
Mid North Coast Local Health District 5,506 11,011 74,877
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 3,824 7,648 59,580
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 8,652 17,304 95,470
Northern NSW Local Health District 7,399 14,798 84,943
Northern Sydney Local Health District 14,878 29,756 180,906
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 19,573 39,146 182,558
South Western Sydney Local Health District 22,257 44,513 247,657
Southern NSW Local Health District 3,317 6,634 67,787
St Vincent's Health Network 5,183 10,367 51,994
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 8,029 16,058 86,739
Sydney Local Health District 17,252 34,503 202,537
Western NSW Local Health District 6,180 12,360 76,739
Western Sydney Local Health District 17,611 35,221 197,542
Total 177,429 354,858 2,151,933

An NWAU is a measure of health service activity expressed as a common unit. It provides a way of comparing and valuing each public hospital service, whether they are admissions, emergency department presentations or outpatient episodes, by weighting them for their clinical complexity. The average hospital service is worth one NWAU - the most intensive and expensive activities are worth multiple NWAU, the simplest and least expensive are worth fractions of an NWAU.

Monthly NHR payments relate to the cash needs of public hospitals and do not necessarily reflect the volume of services to be delivered in the month.

For more information on the NWAU calculation, see Calculation of NWAU.