Northern Territory report, January 2014

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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 the Northern Territory for January 2014 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 NT Department of Health to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – Northern Territory, January 2014

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 LHNs in the Northern Territory for January 2014 was advised by the NT Department of Health to be as follows:

The annual funding allocation for the Top End and Central Australian Health and Hospital Services of Northern Territory has been determined on a historical basis for both the activity based funding (ABF) and block service streams, supplemented by a level of growth based on Northern Territory Government Wage and Consumer Price Index parameters. Projected activity increases are not budgeted for and both local hospital networks are required to meet demand increases from within existing resources as a cost containment strategy.

Variations to monthly payments to the Northern Territory LHNs are made based on cash requirements. Cash requirements are impacted by the Northern Territory Salary payment cycle and other monthly variations, such as contractual obligation payment cycles which the LHNs are engaged in. The LHNs in the Northern Territory have been in a transitional phase and payments during this period have varied based on costs held centrally being transitionally transferred over.

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 – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows funding paid into the Northern Territory state pool account by the Commonwealth, the Northern Territory or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NT Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for January 2014.

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
9,780,209 9,780,209 9,780,209
Commonwealth
Block funding
1,216,367 1,216,367 1,216,367
Commonwealth
Other funding
279,617 279,617 279,617
Total C'wealth
funding
11,276,194 9,780,209 1,216,367 279,617 11,276,194
NT
funding
22,654,038 22,652,500 0 0 22,652,500
Other state/territory funding 0 0
Total 33,930,232 32,432,709 1,216,367 279,617 0 33,928,694

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – Northern Territory, January 2014

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Northern Territory state pool account by the Commonwealth, the Northern Territory or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NT Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at January 2014.

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
68,444,501 68,444,501 68,444,501
Commonwealth
Block funding
8,512,462 8,512,462 8,512,462
Commonwealth
Other funding
1,957,321 1,957,321 1,957,321
Total C'wealth
funding
78,914,284 68,444,501 8,512,462 1,957,321 78,914,284
NT
funding
158,577,544 158,567,500 0 0 158,567,500
Other state/territory funding 0 0
Total 237,491,828 227,012,001 8,512,462 1,957,321 0 237,481,784

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.

NT funding represents funding contributions paid by the Northern Territory into its own state pool account, and subsequently paid to LHNs within the state, to the Northern Territory health department and/or to other state pool accounts.

Other state/territory funding represents contributions paid to the Northern Territory 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 – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows funding paid into the the Northern Territory state managed fund by the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory, and payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations for January 2014.

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 1,216,367 1,216,367
State/territory Block funding 23,774,583 23,774,583
Total 24,990,951 24,990,951 0 24,990,951

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – Northern Territory, January 2014

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Northern Territory state managed fund by the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at January 2014.

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 8,512,462 8,512,462
State/territory Block funding 166,422,083 166,422,083
Total 174,934,545 174,934,545 0 174,934,545

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 Northern Territory 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 – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for the Northern Territory for January 2014. 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 22,338,180 22,338,180 156,306,321 156,306,321
Acute admitted - private 485,613 485,613 3,397,964 3,397,963
Non-admitted 3,478,377 3,478,377 24,431,619 24,431,619
Emergency department 3,701,002 3,701,002 25,859,680 25,859,680
Admitted mental health 1,456,838 1,456,838 10,193,890 10,193,890
Sub-acute 972,699 972,699 6,822,527 6,822,527
Total ABF (Pool) 32,432,709 32,432,709 227,012,001 227,012,001
Block
Non-admitted mental health 372,558 372,558 2,607,585 2,607,585
Small rural hospitals 3,295,061 3,295,060 23,064,218 23,064,216
Teaching, training & research 668,729 668,730 4,680,526 4,680,533
Other non-admitted services 20,654,602 20,654,602 144,582,216 144,582,212
Total Block (SMF) 24,990,951 24,990,951 174,934,545 174,934,545
Other
Public health funding 279,617 279,617 1,957,321 1,957,321
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 1,538 0 10,044 0
Total Other (Pool) 281,155 279,617 1,967,365 1,957,321
Grand Total 57,704,815 57,703,277 403,913,911 403,903,867

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 – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in the Northern Territory during January 2014.

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 Australia Health Service 11,497,836 4,877,136 16,374,971
Top End Health Service 20,934,874 20,113,815 41,048,689
Total 32,432,709 24,990,951 57,423,660

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in the Northern Territory as at January 2014.

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 Australia Health Service 78,886,146 34,138,994 113,025,140
Top End Health Service 148,125,855 140,795,551 288,921,406
Total 227,012,001 174,934,545 401,946,546

NHR contributions in this table are GST exclusive to enable comparability of NHR payments in each LHN 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 – Northern Territory, January 2014

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for January 2014, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD), and total estimated annual NWAU for each LHN in the Northern Territory.

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2013-14
Central Australia Health Service 3,421 23,946 41,050
Top End Health Service 6,905 48,332 82,850
Total 10,326 72,278 123,900

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.