South Australian report, February 2015

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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 South Australia for February 2015 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 SA Department of Health to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – South Australia, February 2015

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth NHR funding, 2014-15.

The basis used to determine NHR payments to LHNs in South Australia for February 2015 was advised by the SA Department of Health to be as follows:

In determining the annual funding allocation for all LHNs, the budget has been built up predominantly on an activity basis that shares principles with the IHPA framework. It is designed to equitably distribute funding to each LHN relative to all LHNs in South Australia. This occurs within the confines of a limited funding pool that includes adjustments to recognise cost improvements and the attainment of service efficiencies that are also equitably allocated on an activity basis. Supplementation is provided as block funding where an activity-based approach is not appropriate. This captures the provision of services including teaching, training and research, some mental health services and the delivery of out of hospital strategies incorporating primary health.

Monthly allocations to LHNs will vary for a variety of reasons, but they are predominantly cash flow financed based on need which includes the activity demand on hospital services.

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 – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows funding paid into the South Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth, South Australia or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the SA Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for February 2015.

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
76,919,205 76,919,205 76,919,205
Commonwealth
Block funding
14,449,103 14,449,103 14,449,103
Commonwealth
Other funding
2,019,851 2,019,851 2,019,851
Total C'wealth
funding
93,388,160 76,919,205 14,449,103 2,019,851 93,388,160
SA
funding
170,406,209 152,300,493 0 0 152,300,493
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 263,794,368 229,219,698 14,449,103 2,019,851 0 245,688,653

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – South Australia, February 2015

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the South Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth, South Australia or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the SA Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at February 2015.

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
590,073,110 590,073,110 590,073,110
Commonwealth
Block funding
111,759,218 111,759,218 111,759,218
Commonwealth
Other funding
16,164,893 16,164,893 16,164,893
Total C'wealth
funding
717,997,220 590,073,110 111,759,218 16,164,893 717,997,220
SA
funding
1,432,485,205 1,250,194,429 0 0 1,250,194,429
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 2,150,482,425 1,840,267,539 111,759,218 16,164,893 0 1,968,191,650

Commonwealth ABF funding represents Acute admitted, Non-admitted, 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.

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

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

Note: The grey shaded areas in these tables reflect cells that are not applicable for a particular 'paid out' column. For example, Commonwealth block funding is only paid to state managed funds and not to 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 – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows funding paid into the South Australia state managed fund by the Commonwealth and South Australia, and payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations for February 2015.

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 14,449,103 14,449,103
State/territory Block funding 18,000,000 18,000,000
Total 32,449,103 32,449,103 0 32,449,103

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – South Australia, February 2015

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the South Australian state managed fund by the Commonwealth and South Australia, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at February 2015.

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 111,759,218 111,759,218
State/territory Block funding 133,399,852 133,399,852
Total 245,159,070 245,159,070 0 245,159,070

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 South Australian 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 – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for South Australia for February 2015. 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
NHR
funding YTD
NHR
payments YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
ABF
Acute admitted 153,784,597 142,901,525 1,257,705,505 1,147,225,574
Admitted mental health 10,581,397 9,820,705 86,670,383 78,875,119
Sub-acute 12,141,324 11,249,421 99,553,084 90,436,767
Emergency department 28,703,871 26,668,016 234,171,540 214,028,316
Non-admitted 41,708,016 38,580,032 341,972,597 309,701,763
Total ABF (Pool) 246,919,205 229,219,698 2,020,073,110 1,840,267,539
Block
Small rural hospitals 17,658,514 17,658,514 100,205,305 100,205,305
Teaching, training & research 5,635,503 5,635,503 64,891,905 64,891,905
Non-admitted mental health 3,654,090 3,654,090 42,631,596 42,631,596
Other non-admitted services 5,500,996 5,500,996 37,430,264 37,430,264
Total Block (SMF) 32,449,103 32,449,103 245,159,070 245,159,070
Other
Public health funding 2,019,851 2,019,851 16,164,893 16,164,893
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 406,209 0 2,485,205 0
Total Other (Pool) 2,426,059 2,019,851 18,650,098 16,164,893
Grand Total 281,794,368 263,688,653 2,283,882,277 2,101,591,501

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 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 – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in South Australia during February 2015.

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 Adelaide Local Health Network 80,401,050 5,598,950 86,000,000
Central Office Services 5,368,802 0 5,368,802
Country Health SA Local Health Network 24,906,824 22,593,176 47,500,000
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 38,038,614 1,461,386 39,500,000
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 57,371,923 2,128,077 59,500,000
Women's and Children's Health Network 23,132,486 667,514 23,800,000
Total 229,219,698 32,449,103 261,668,802

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in South Australia as at February 2015.

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 Adelaide Local Health Network 643,658,939 44,025,086 687,684,025
Central Office Services 42,950,415 0 42,950,415
Country Health SA Local Health Network 197,849,788 128,207,620 326,057,408
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 305,793,410 23,803,354 329,596,764
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 464,139,999 34,960,001 499,100,000
Women's and Children's Health Network 185,874,987 14,163,010 200,037,997
Total 1,840,267,539 245,159,070 2,085,426,609

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 – South Australia, February 2015

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for February 2015, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD), and total estimated annual NWAU for each LHN in South Australia.

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2014-15
Central Adelaide Local Health Network 15,606 124,934 190,137
Central Office Services 1,042 8,337 12,505
Country Health SA Local Health Network 4,834 38,403 58,530
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 7,383 59,354 91,123
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 11,136 90,089 137,867
Women's and Children's Health Network 4,490 36,078 53,569
Total 44,491 357,195 543,731

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.