Western Australian report, August 2012

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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 shows monthly and year-to-date (YTD) National Health Reform (NHR) funding and payments for Western Australia for August 2012 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement.

Participation and provision of data

In signing the National Health Reform Agreement (the Agreement), it was the intention of all states and territories that they would have the necessary legislation in place to enable them to participate in the National Health Funding Pool from 1 July 2012. Under the legislation envisaged by the Agreement, states and territories using the Pool are required to provide data on NHR funding, payments and services to be published by the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.

In August 2012, Western Australia used the National Health Funding Pool to process NHR funding and payments, and provided the data required for the Administrator's August 2012 monthly reports.

Local hospital networks and National Health Reform

Under the Agreement, local hospital networks 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: Local hospital networks 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 local hospital network, contact the Western Australian Department of Health to view the service agreement for that local hospital network.

Basis for National Health Reform payments

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth funding 2012-13.

The basis used to determine NHR payments to local hospital networks (LHNs) in Western Australia for August 2012 was advised by Western Australia to be as follows:

The 2012-13 annual funding allocations for Western Australia have been developed using the Western Australian Activity Based Funding (ABF) program methodology. Activity profiles have been developed consistent with the WA Health clinical services framework. The funding allocations include activity based services, block funded services and specified programs. The national activity based funding classifications and associated price weights including all of the loadings (specialised paediatric, rural/remote, indigenous, intensive care unit (ICU) and private patient) have been used to define activity based funding profiles. State specific loadings have been applied to adjust for peer relativities in the metropolitan area and for rural and remote sites. Block funding is based on budget to budget build from the previous year using State Government funding parameters consistent with the State budget.

Monthly allocations to local hospital networks will vary for a variety of reasons, for example, allowance for annual insurance premiums, or variation in number of staff pay days in a month.

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 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 state managed fund by the state or territory.

Transactions on the state pool account

This table shows funding paid into the Western Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth and Western Australia, and payments out of the state pool account to local hospital networks, the state managed fund, and the state health department for August 2012.

Table 1a – State pool account transactions – Western Australia, August 2012

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
Total paid out
($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
85,862,786 85,862,786 85,862,786
Commonwealth
Block funding
28,612,625 28,612,625 28,612,625
Commonwealth
Other funding
2,725,189 2,725,189 2,725,189
Total Commonwealth
funding
117,200,601 85,862,786 28,612,625 2,725,189 117,200,601
Total state/territory
funding
328,487,385 328,487,385 0 328,487,385
Grand Total 445,687,985 414,350,171 28,612,625 2,725,189 445,687,985

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Following on from table 1a, this table shows the year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Western Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth and Western Australia, and payments out of the state pool account to local hospital networks, the state managed fund, and the state health department as at August 2012.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – Western Australia, August 2012

NHR funding by source Paid into state pool account YTD Paid out of state pool account YTD
To local hospital networks To state managed
fund
To state health department Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
171,725,572 171,725,572 171,725,572
Commonwealth
Block funding
57,225,251 57,225,251 57,225,251
Commonwealth
Other funding
5,450,378 5,450,378 5,450,378
Total Commonwealth
funding
234,401,202 171,725,572 57,225,251 5,450,378 234,401,202
Total state/territory
funding
458,220,616 458,220,616 0 458,220,616
Grand Total 692,621,817 629,946,188 57,225,251 5,450,378 692,621,817

Commonwealth ABF funding represents Acute admitted public, Acute admitted private, Non-admitted, and Emergency department service categories, which are funded by the Commonwealth through the state pool account and subsequently paid to local hospital networks.

Commonwealth Block funding represents mental health, Small rural and metropolitan hospitals, Sub-acute, Teaching, training and research, and Other 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.

State/territory funding represents funding contributions paid in by Western Australia into its own state pool account, and subsequently paid to local hospital networks within the state or territory and/or to state or territory health departments.

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 on NHR funding and payments, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

Transactions on the state managed fund

This table shows funding paid into the Western Australian state managed fund by the Commonwealth and Western Australia and payments out of the state managed fund for August 2012.

Table 2a – State managed fund transactions – Western Australia, August 2012

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 28,612,625 28,612,625
State/territory Block funding 25,191,000 25,191,000
Total 53,803,625 53,803,625 0 53,803,625

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Following on from table 2a, this table shows the year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the Western Australian state managed fund by the Commonwealth and Western Australia and payments out of the state managed fund as at August 2012.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – Western Australia, August 2012

NHR funding by source Paid into state managed fund YTD Paid out of state managed fund YTD
To local hospital networks To Other Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth Block funding 57,225,251 57,225,251
State/territory Block funding 145,332,000 145,332,000
Total 202,557,251 202,557,251 0 202,557,251

Block funding represents Mental health, Small rural and metropolitan hospitals, Sub-acute, Teaching, training and research, and Other 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 local hospital networks and other provider organisations.

State/territory Block funding represents Western Australian block funding contributions into the state managed fund, and block payments out of the state managed fund to local hospital networks 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 information on NHR funding and payments, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

NHR funding and payments by service category

This table shows the NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for Western Australia for August 2012.

NHR funding and payments are separated into an activity based funding (ABF) component, block component, and other components.

Table 3 – NHR funding and payments by service category – Western Australia, August 2012

Service category NHR funding NHR payments NHR funding
YTD
NHR payments
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
ABF
Acute admitted - public 274,620,701 274,620,701 417,269,357 417,269,357
Acute admitted - private 29,286,920 29,286,920 43,478,106 43,478,106
Non-admitted 52,690,661 52,690,661 81,575,205 81,575,205
Emergency department 57,751,889 57,751,889 87,623,520 87,623,520
Total ABF (Pool) 414,350,171 414,350,171 629,946,188 629,946,188
Block
Mental health 22,420,939 22,418,570 50,845,118 50,798,894
Small rural & metro hospitals 10,132,713 10,125,396 26,521,831 26,496,263
Sub-acute 4,869,843 4,874,929 20,909,948 20,875,163
Teaching, training & research 6,727,034 6,731,306 23,798,579 23,911,971
Other 9,653,096 9,653,424 80,481,775 80,474,960
Total Block (SMF) 53,803,625 53,803,625 202,557,251 202,557,251
Other
Public health funding 2,725,189 2,725,189 5,450,378 5,450,378
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross border 0 0 0 0
Interest 0 0 0 0
Total Other (Pool) 2,725,189 2,725,189 5,450,378 5,450,378
Grand Total 470,878,985 470,878,985 837,953,817 837,953,817

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 local hospital networks - 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 local hospital networks are already being funded for the cost of treating cross-border patients - shown in the Cross border payment row under Other in the above table.

Cross border funding arrangements between states and territories are yet to be put in place for state and territory contributions.

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

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

NHR payment distribution by LHN

This table shows NHR payments (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each local hospital network (LHN) in Western Australia during August 2012.

NHR payments are separated into an activity based funding (ABF) component and a block component.

Table 4 – NHR payment distribution by LHN – Western Australia, August 2012

Local hospital network (LHN) ABF component
(ex GST)
Block component
(ex GST)
Total NHR payments
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($)
Child and Adolescent Health Service 23,923,529 10,994,096 34,917,625
North Metropolitan Health Service 130,526,630 14,631,148 145,157,778
South Metropolitan Health Service 165,784,136 13,020,712 178,804,848
WA Country Health Service 94,115,875 15,157,670 109,273,545
Total 414,350,171 53,803,625 468,153,796

A local hospital network (LHN) is an organisation that provides public hospital services in accordance with the National Health Reform Agreement. A local hospital network 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 a local hospital network.

NHR payments in this table are GST exclusive to enable comparability of NHR payments to each local hospital network within the jurisdiction and allow for reconciliation against the Table 1a for each local hospital network report.

Note: The majority of government funding to local hospital networks 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 on NHR funding and payments, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU by LHN

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity based funding services expressed as National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU) for August 2012, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD) and total annual estimated NWAU for each local hospital network in Western Australia.

NHR funding amounts and service volumes are provided by states and territories as service estimates at the start of each financial year, and may continue to be refined during the course of the year. These estimates form the basis of monthly reporting of service volumes until actual service numbers become available.

The estimated annual NWAU for each local hospital network (LHN) was provided to the Administrator as a basis for determining the Commonwealth NHR activity based funding. Current month NWAU estimates accumulate through the year-to-date NWAU to equal the annual NWAU at the end of the financial year.

Table 5 – Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU by LHN – Western Australia, August 2012

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2012-13
Child and Adolescent Health Service 4,325 8,317 48,262
North Metropolitan Health Service 18,318 36,253 216,653
South Metropolitan Health Service 23,167 46,432 272,581
WA Country Health Service 6,984 13,805 81,471
Total 52,793 104,807 618,967

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 NHR funding and payments, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

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