Tasmanian report, April 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 Tasmania for April 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 Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – Tasmania, April 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 Tasmania for April 2014 was advised by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services to be as follows:

Tasmania has developed a funding model (Tasmanian ABF Model) which will take a prospective orientation (i.e. it will produce the forward allocation based on the volumes of services to be funded that are determined in accordance with State planning processes). While in 2013-14 THO budget allocations continued to be developed on a historical basis, the ABF Model was used to develop an activity profile and block funded services allocation for each THO for 2013-14, capped by the historical budget allocation.

The funding arrangements and associated pricing focussed on the four ABF work streams of:

  • acute admitted,
  • other admitted (include sub-acute admitted and mental health), and
  • emergency department

Tasmanian pricing applied in 2013-14 with THOs has not used the NEP. In this regard, Tasmania has used the national average cost per work stream based on Round 15 National Health Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) data for 2010-11 indexed to 2013-14. For ICU and non-admitted, the State Average cost has been used. The National Average Cost was considered the most appropriate (where available) as it provides a National benchmark without the complication of NWAUs and the NEP.

Therefore the 2013-14 Tasmanian ABF Model pricing is based on the following:

  • Overnight Acute Admitted Patients and Same day Admitted Patients- price per weighted separation (National Average Cost indexed),
  • Length of Stay Outliers - a per diem rate will be paid (based on the National Average Cost indexed),
  • ICU Cases - the proposed pricing model will be based on (State Average Cost indexed)
    • price per ICU hour, and
    • price per hour of mechanical ventilation.
  • Non Admitted Patients - price per service event (State Average Cost indexed).
  • Emergency Department Patients - price per UDG (Urgency Disposition Group) (National Average Cost indexed).

The Tasmanian ABF Model also allocates block grants to THOs covering services provided and activities undertaken that are not within the ABF work streams. This includes teaching, training and research, non ABF hospitals and other operational grants costs which are deemed out of scope for Commonwealth funding.

In February 2014, the Commonwealth provided Tasmania with additional public hospital funding of $2,680,573.20 under the 2013-14 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) funding measure: Public Hospital System - additional funding. This funding was provided to offset the downward adjustment to 2013-14 NHR funding applied at the MYEFO due to the application of updated NHR funding indexation parameters. A requirement of the provision of this funding was that the funding be provided to LHNs through the National Health Funding Pool and / or State Managed Fund.

The Administrator has been advised by Tasmania that the Tasmanian contributions to LHNs through the State Managed Fund between February and June 2014 will include this additional funding from the Commonwealth.

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 – Tasmania, April 2014

This table shows funding paid into the Tasmanian state pool account by the Commonwealth, Tasmania or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for April 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
17,874,976 17,874,976 17,874,976
Commonwealth
Block funding
4,202,433 4,202,433 4,202,433
Commonwealth
Other funding
589,498 589,498 589,498
Total C'wealth
funding
22,666,907 17,874,976 4,202,433 589,498 22,666,907
TAS
funding
35,026,569 35,026,564 0 0 35,026,564
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 57,693,476 52,901,540 4,202,433 589,498 0 57,693,471

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – Tasmania, April 2014

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Tasmanian state pool account by the Commonwealth, Tasmania or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at April 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
203,008,713 203,008,713 203,008,713
Commonwealth
Block funding
38,449,458 38,449,458 38,449,458
Commonwealth
Other funding
5,975,521 5,975,521 5,975,521
Total C'wealth
funding
247,433,691 203,008,713 38,449,458 5,975,521 247,433,691
TAS
funding
305,480,537 305,478,153 0 0 305,478,153
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 552,914,228 508,486,866 38,449,458 5,975,521 0 552,911,844

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.

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

Other state/territory funding represents contributions paid to Tasmania 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 – Tasmania, April 2014

This table shows funding paid into the Tasmania state managed fund by the Commonwealth and Tasmania, and payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations for April 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 4,202,433 4,202,433
State/territory Block funding 31,152,910 31,152,910
Total 35,355,344 35,355,344 0 35,355,344

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – Tasmania, April 2014

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Tasmanian state managed fund by the Commonwealth and Tasmania, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at April 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 38,449,458 38,449,458
State/territory Block funding 218,453,186 218,453,186
Total 256,902,643 256,902,643 0 256,902,643

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 Tasmanian 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 – Tasmania, April 2014

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for Tasmania for April 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 30,921,609 30,921,609 289,051,887 289,051,887
Acute admitted - private 3,230,183 3,230,183 40,166,063 40,166,063
Non-admitted 6,180,398 6,180,398 91,016,273 91,016,273
Emergency department 10,362,184 10,362,184 65,773,090 65,773,090
Admitted mental health 0 0 0 0
Sub-acute 2,207,166 2,207,166 22,479,553 22,479,553
Total ABF (Pool) 52,901,540 52,901,540 508,486,866 508,486,866
Block
Non-admitted mental health 1,800,844 1,800,844 18,002,531 17,837,914
Small rural hospitals 3,849,465 3,849,465 37,607,648 37,994,719
Teaching, training & research 3,203,332 3,203,332 32,028,210 31,805,756
Other non-admitted services 26,501,703 26,501,703 169,264,254 169,264,254
Total Block (SMF) 35,355,344 35,355,344 256,902,643 256,902,643
Other
Public health funding 589,498 589,498 5,975,521 5,975,521
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 5 0 2,384 0
Total Other (Pool) 589,503 589,498 5,977,904 5,975,521
Grand Total 88,846,386 88,846,381 771,367,414 771,365,030

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 – Tasmania, April 2014

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in Tasmania during April 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)
($) ($) ($)
Tasmanian Health Organisation - North 13,499,566 9,758,171 23,257,736
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 31,904,472 20,641,801 52,546,273
Tasmanian Health Service 7,497,502 4,955,372 12,452,874
Total 52,901,540 35,355,344 88,256,883

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – Tasmania, April 2014

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in Tasmania as at April 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)
($) ($) ($)
Tasmanian Health Organisation - North 160,633,935 78,844,606 239,478,542
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 281,038,731 139,416,661 420,455,392
Tasmanian Health Service 66,814,200 38,641,376 105,455,576
Total 508,486,866 256,902,643 765,389,509

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 – Tasmania, April 2014

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

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2013-14
Tasmanian Health Organisation - North 3,932 39,574 47,904
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 4,086 41,668 50,083
Tasmanian Health Service 1,410 13,414 16,091
Total 9,428 94,656 114,078

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.