Tasmanian report, August 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 August 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, August 2014

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 Tasmania for August 2014 was advised by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services to be as follows:

Tasmania has developed a funding model (2014-15 Tasmanian Funding 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). The ABF Model was used to develop an activity profile and block funded services allocation for each THO for 2014-15.

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

Tasmanian pricing applied in 2014-15 with THOs has not used the NEP. In this regard, Tasmania has used the national average cost per work stream based on Round 16 National Health Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) data for 2011-12 indexed to 2014-15. 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 2014-15 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.

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, August 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 August 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
20,905,573 20,905,573 20,905,573
Commonwealth
Block funding
4,759,987 4,759,987 4,759,987
Commonwealth
Other funding
614,019 614,019 614,019
Total C'wealth
funding
26,279,578 20,905,573 4,759,987 614,019 26,279,578
TAS
funding
33,795,689 33,795,689 0 0 33,795,689
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 60,075,267 54,701,262 4,759,987 614,019 0 60,075,267

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – Tasmania, August 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 August 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
46,269,392 46,269,392 46,269,392
Commonwealth
Block funding
9,519,974 9,519,974 9,519,974
Commonwealth
Other funding
1,228,037 1,228,037 1,228,037
Total C'wealth
funding
57,017,403 46,269,392 9,519,974 1,228,037 57,017,403
TAS
funding
60,417,205 60,417,204 0 0 60,417,204
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 117,434,609 106,686,596 9,519,974 1,228,037 0 117,434,607

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.

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 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 – Tasmania, August 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 August 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 4,759,987 4,759,987
State/territory Block funding 19,127,886 19,127,886
Total 23,887,873 23,887,873 0 23,887,873

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – Tasmania, August 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 August 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 9,519,974 9,519,974
State/territory Block funding 29,624,053 29,624,053
Total 39,144,027 39,144,027 0 39,144,027

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, August 2014

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for Tasmania for August 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
NHR
funding YTD
NHR
payments YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
ABF
Acute admitted 38,489,928 38,489,928 75,029,360 75,029,360
Admitted mental health 2,321,727 2,321,727 4,494,014 4,494,014
Sub-acute 1,664,176 1,664,176 3,386,001 3,386,001
Emergency department 6,383,858 6,383,858 12,331,055 12,331,055
Non-admitted 5,841,573 5,841,573 11,446,166 11,446,166
Total ABF (Pool) 54,701,262 54,701,262 106,686,596 106,686,596
Block
Small rural hospitals 6,735,642 6,735,642 11,497,739 11,497,739
Teaching, training & research 1,974,430 1,974,430 3,584,079 3,584,079
Non-admitted mental health 2,440,472 2,440,472 4,196,281 4,196,281
Other non-admitted services 12,737,330 12,737,330 19,865,927 19,865,927
Total Block (SMF) 23,887,873 23,887,873 39,144,027 39,144,027
Other
Public health funding 614,019 614,019 1,228,037 1,228,037
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 0 0 1 0
Total Other (Pool) 614,019 614,019 1,228,039 1,228,037
Grand Total 79,203,153 79,203,153 147,058,661 147,058,660

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 – Tasmania, August 2014

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in Tasmania during August 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 10,460,800 7,936,012 18,396,812
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 37,167,666 13,814,737 50,982,403
Tasmanian Health Service 7,072,796 2,137,125 9,209,920
Total 54,701,262 23,887,873 78,589,135

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

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

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in Tasmania as at August 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 25,001,111 14,896,438 39,897,550
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 67,892,627 20,655,143 88,547,770
Tasmanian Health Service 13,792,857 3,592,445 17,385,303
Total 106,686,596 39,144,027 145,830,623

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, August 2014

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for August 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 2014-15
Tasmanian Health Organisation - North 3,507 7,414 41,386
Tasmanian Health Organisation - South 5,523 11,112 65,830
Tasmanian Health Service 1,622 3,116 16,271
Total 10,652 21,641 123,487

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.