New South Wales report, February 2017

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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 New South Wales for February 2017 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 NSW Ministry of Health to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – New South Wales, February 2017

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth NHR funding, 2016-17.

The basis for NHR payments to local hospital networks (LHNs) in New South Wales was advised by the NSW Ministry of Health to be as follows:

Basis used to determine NHR payments to Local Health Networks (LHNs) – New South Wales

The process for determining 2016/17 NHR payments to LHNs encompassed three distinct elements of preparation for the individual LHN Service Agreements, including development of annual activity estimates, discussion/negotiation of activity levels with individual LHNs, and total state-wide activity across each activity type.

Consistent with last year’s methodology and pursuant with the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA), the Ministry of Health has adopted the National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU) as the currency for Activity Based Funding with the applicable version being NWAU16, which is different from the previous year.

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has issued the National Efficient Cost (NEC16) funding model that applies to small regional and remote hospitals. NSW has adopted the mechanics of this funding model expressed in the NEC16 matrix to determine the aggregate funding allocation to LHNs for these small hospitals within the NSW funding model parameters.

Ensuring access to health services for local populations is a key objective of NSW health policy. The Health Services Act 1997 stipulates that in determining LHN budgets, the Minister have regard to the size and health needs of the local population and provision of services to residents outside the local area. Accordingly, targets are adjusted considering factors appropriate to each LHN and service type, rather than simple extrapolation from historical activity data. The factors considered are reviewed on an annual basis.

In 2016/17, a series of elements will be applied to each in-scope service stream to ensure that activity targets are tailored to the requirements and patterns of each LHD/SHN. Activity targets are developed by the Ministry and LHDs/SHNs based on analysis of activity level drivers. This analysis was informed for 2016/17 by the following factors:

  • Weighted population change: providing an indication of expected 'natural' growth
  • Recent trends in activity growth for each LHD/SH
  • Rate of unplanned re-admissions within 28 days
  • Potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH)
  • Relative Utilisation Rate adjusted for relevant demographic factors
  • Service quality and appropriateness performance in selected key area
  • Inter-district and cross-border flows (where relevant)
  • Current year activity relative to targets (for adjustment of baseline volumes, where relevant)
  • Known service changes and developments, including planned capacity increases.

Price weight adjustments which are being applied in 2016/17 include:

  • Paediatric Adjustment;
  • Specialist Psychiatric Age Adjustment;
  • Patient Remoteness Area Adjustment;
  • Indigenous Adjustment;
  • Radiotherapy Adjustment;
  • Dialysis Adjustment;
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Adjustment for eligible facilities;
  • Private Patient Service Adjustment;
  • Private Patient Accommodation Adjustment;
  • Multidisciplinary Clinic Adjustment;
  • Emergency Care Age Adjustment.

Provisional activity estimates are created at a LHD level to provide the basis for discussion and negotiation with individual health services to determine agreed LHD level activity targets, with the activity volumes measured using the NWAU for each Service Category. Additionally, where applicable, activity estimation is split by financial class to allow differential funding mechanisms to be applied to the respective service groups to reflect the variation in funding source.

Provisional estimates and historical activity measures provide the basis for discussions with individual LHDs and subsequent negotiations for approval or adjustment.

The negotiation process allows for relevant local LHN service issues and activity impacts to be communicated with the NSW Ministry of Health (Ministry) to assess the potential impact on future year activity volumes and the relevance of related service strategies to address these. It is important that negotiation processes recognise that funding and purchasing are undertaken in the environment of a capped State / Commonwealth funding pool for 2016/17 and recognition that NSW contributes the larger portion of these funds as well as being responsible for management of the system as a whole. When negotiations have concluded, the Ministry incorporates the final activity targets in each LHN’s annual Service Agreement. Where an LHN achieves delivery of selected services through Affiliated Health Organisations or contracted services with a private provider these arrangements are to be specified in agreements between the LHN and the respective provider. Both the funding (and subsidy) and associated activity pertaining to such providers are included in the budget and the activity estimates appearing in the LHN’s annual Service Agreement.

Cash payments processed within the National Health Funding Pool (NHFP) Payments System and included within the Administrator’s monthly reports are based on the accrued budget for both ABF and in-scope block funding derived from the LHN Service Agreements after deducting an allowance to recognise own sourced revenue earned, and retained by the LHNs and liabilities for superannuation and long service leave which are accepted by the Crown.

The resultant cash value is processed through the state pool account (ABF) or the state managed fund (in-scope block). Although a consistent methodology has been applied, variations in cash prices between LHNs reflect the differing mix of the above components (own sourced revenue and Crown accepted liabilities) of each local hospital network’s accrued cost.

In addition to receiving weekly cash payments from the state pool account and the state managed fund, LHNs also receive direct State Government funding for 2016/17 for all “out of scope” services not subject to the National Health Reform Agreement arrangements as required under their 2016/17 Service Agreements.

Monthly reports– Basis on which payments were made

For NSW, all dollar values included in the tables issued by the Administrator are cash payments from either the NSW state pool account to LHNs and or cash payments from the state managed fund to LHNs. This includes cash payment to the Victorian Department of Health for Albury-Wodonga inter-jurisdictional agreement.

The weekly cash payment to an LHN reflects the estimated cost of patient related services anticipated to be delivered during the monthly cash payment period. The estimated monthly activity and the weekly cash payments are determined based on the annual LHN Service Agreements.

Cash payments from the NSW state pool account and from the state managed fund to LHNs are processed each Tuesday. Reporting by the Administrator is based on cash payments made during a given month and is therefore dependent on the number of Tuesdays in a particular month. During 2016/17, August 2016, November 2016, January 2017 and May 2017 each have five Tuesdays. If accrual accounting principles were being applied within the NHFA Payments System, the value of the reported cash payments would recognise only the number of calendar days in a particular month, not the 35 days (five weeks paid) or 28 days (four weeks paid), as reported by the Administrator.

In 2016/17 cash payments to LHNs from the NSW state pool account are generally calculated based on equal weekly instalments to health services unless otherwise negotiated.

State Managed Fund cash payments occur as cash is required and dependent on the LHD bank balance in accordance with NSW Treasury Circular TC15-01 Cash Management – expanding the Scope of the Treasury Banking System. As a result not all of the Commonwealth funding was paid to LHNs. The residual of $6.2M Commonwealth will be paid in August 2016.

Other payments will occur in 2016/17 that are outside the regular weekly (Tuesday) payment cycle for payments to other States/Territories for NSW residents treated in their public hospitals. Payments to LHNs may also vary where their cash entitlement alters during the financial year.

Monthly comparison of cash payments from the NSW state pool and state managed fund can vary month to month predominately due to these planned payments and cash requirements of an LHN.

The cash payments from the NSW state pool account or state managed fund do not reflect the full budgeted funding available to health services in NSW. Other sources of funds available to LHNs include separate payments from the Crown (for example, defined superannuation scheme and long service leave cash recovery) as well as own sourced revenues earned and retained by each LHN.

In the months of August 2016 to October 2016 NSW continued to pay its estimated cashflowed amount into the NHFP despite the increase in the Commonwealth contribution for those months. This resulted in an accumulated amount of $69M for the State contribution that was remaining in the account as at 31 October 2016. $30M of the accumulated State deposit was subsequently paid out to LHN’s in the first week of November 2016 and a further $13.7M was paid out in the last week of November 2016. A further additional state deposit was made in December of $13.7M and as at 31 December 2016 there is a residual of $39M which will be paid from the account during the year in accordance with NSW cashflow. There will be a zero balance of State contributions as at 30 June 2017.

For more information on budget allocations, see the 2016/17 LHN Service Agreements which are available on each NSW LHN website as the Chief Executive and Board of the LHN’s provide sign off.

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 – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows funding paid into the New South Wales state pool account by the Commonwealth, New South Wales or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NSW Ministry of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for February 2017.

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
408,779,967 408,779,967 408,779,967
Commonwealth
Block funding
54,993,779 54,993,779 54,993,779
Commonwealth
Other funding
9,920,382 9,920,382 9,920,382
Total C'wealth
funding
473,694,129 408,779,967 54,993,779 9,920,382 473,694,129
NSW
funding
431,654,385 423,700,917 153,467 7,800,000 431,654,385
Other state/territory funding 1,600,000 0 1,600,000 1,600,000
Total 906,948,514 832,480,885 54,993,779 11,673,849 7,800,000 906,948,514

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – New South Wales, February 2017

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the New South Wales state pool account by the Commonwealth, New South Wales or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the NSW Ministry of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at February 2017.

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
3,305,737,873 3,305,737,873 3,305,737,873
Commonwealth
Block funding
439,950,236 439,950,236 439,950,236
Commonwealth
Other funding
79,363,056 79,363,056 79,363,056
Total C'wealth
funding
3,825,051,165 3,305,737,873 439,950,236 79,363,056 3,825,051,165
NSW
funding
4,014,015,679 3,911,357,699 1,257,979 62,400,000 3,975,015,679
Other state/territory funding 12,800,000 0 12,800,000 12,800,000
Total 7,851,866,843 7,217,095,572 439,950,236 93,421,035 62,400,000 7,812,866,843

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.

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

Other state/territory funding represents contributions paid to New South Wales 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 – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows funding paid into the New South Wales state managed fund by the Commonwealth and New South Wales, and payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations for February 2017.

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 54,993,779 54,993,779
State/territory Block funding 53,263,717 53,263,717
Total 108,257,496 108,257,496 0 108,257,496

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – New South Wales, February 2017

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the New South Wales state managed fund by the Commonwealth and New South Wales, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at February 2017.

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 439,950,236 439,950,236
State/territory Block funding 597,197,638 597,197,638
Total 1,037,147,874 1,037,147,874 0 1,037,147,874

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 New South Wales 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 – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for New South Wales for February 2017. 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 484,800,540 484,800,540 4,207,065,057 4,207,065,057
Admitted mental health 44,944,669 44,944,669 389,711,858 389,711,858
Sub-acute 55,911,080 55,911,080 485,080,760 485,080,760
Emergency department 100,380,077 100,380,077 871,569,443 871,569,443
Non-admitted 146,444,517 146,444,517 1,263,668,455 1,263,668,455
Total ABF (Pool) 832,480,885 832,480,885 7,217,095,572 7,217,095,572
Block
Small rural hospitals 51,715,936 51,715,936 547,628,956 547,628,956
Teaching, training & research 25,399,890 25,399,890 234,245,693 234,245,693
Non-admitted mental health 31,141,670 31,141,670 255,273,225 255,273,225
Other non-admitted services 0 0 0 0
Total Block (SMF) 108,257,496 108,257,496 1,037,147,874 1,037,147,874
Other
Public health funding 9,920,382 9,920,382 79,363,056 79,363,056
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 9,400,000 9,400,000 75,200,000 75,200,000
Interest 153,467 153,467 1,257,979 1,257,979
Total Other (Pool) 19,473,849 19,473,849 155,821,035 155,821,035
Grand Total 960,212,230 960,212,230 8,410,064,482 8,410,064,482

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 – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in New South Wales during February 2017.

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)
($) ($) ($)
Albury NSW Local Health District 3,053,493 989,341 4,042,834
Central Coast Local Health District 42,135,065 2,999,833 45,134,898
Contracted Services 784,141 784,141
Far West Local Health District 4,671,980 1,373,168 6,045,148
Hunter New England Local Health District 96,788,829 19,280,559 116,069,388
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 45,790,654 7,052,586 52,843,240
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network 0 4,800,000 4,800,000
Mid North Coast Local Health District 30,793,999 987,602 31,781,601
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 18,854,338 4,883,284 23,737,622
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 41,184,178 0 41,184,178
Northern NSW Local Health District 38,993,746 3,979,752 42,973,498
Northern Sydney Local Health District 66,123,134 12,912,081 79,035,215
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 81,884,190 5,497,826 87,382,016
South Western Sydney Local Health District 92,347,939 7,211,206 99,559,145
Southern NSW Local Health District 18,910,795 4,885,900 23,796,695
St Vincent's Health Network 20,020,689 1,512,000 21,532,689
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 32,847,053 2,659,332 35,506,385
Sydney Local Health District 75,746,047 10,102,939 85,848,986
Western NSW Local Health District 33,889,694 11,462,864 45,352,558
Western Sydney Local Health District 87,660,921 5,667,223 93,328,144
Total 832,480,885 108,257,496 940,738,381

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in New South Wales as at February 2017.

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)
($) ($) ($)
Albury NSW Local Health District 29,024,052 7,914,728 36,938,780
Central Coast Local Health District 359,801,017 22,489,772 382,290,789
Contracted Services 1,796,072 1,796,072
Far West Local Health District 38,912,581 16,319,271 55,231,852
Hunter New England Local Health District 830,027,420 155,540,728 985,568,148
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 398,077,659 64,640,352 462,718,011
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network 0 43,869,923 43,869,923
Mid North Coast Local Health District 266,925,733 21,816,976 288,742,709
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 166,416,083 128,470,681 294,886,764
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 371,106,569 40,373,379 411,479,948
Northern NSW Local Health District 336,811,810 24,376,042 361,187,852
Northern Sydney Local Health District 589,563,039 71,850,429 661,413,468
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 693,813,269 55,335,114 749,148,383
South Western Sydney Local Health District 805,692,501 40,020,096 845,712,597
Southern NSW Local Health District 163,469,402 36,586,637 200,056,039
St Vincent's Health Network 168,164,884 12,515,000 180,679,884
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 294,274,960 20,660,955 314,935,915
Sydney Local Health District 651,000,693 79,019,048 730,019,741
Western NSW Local Health District 297,572,581 103,590,049 401,162,630
Western Sydney Local Health District 754,645,247 91,758,694 846,403,941
Total 7,217,095,572 1,037,147,874 8,254,243,446

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 – New South Wales, February 2017

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for February 2017, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD), and total estimated annual NWAU for each LHN in New South Wales.

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2016-17
Albury NSW Local Health District 1,608 12,861 19,911
Central Coast Local Health District 9,777 78,219 117,328
Contracted Services 338 2,700 4,050
Far West Local Health District 864 6,913 10,369
Hunter New England Local Health District 25,369 202,953 304,430
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District 11,427 91,414 137,121
Mid North Coast Local Health District 7,963 63,703 95,554
Murrumbidgee Local Health District 4,700 37,601 56,402
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 10,406 83,249 124,874
Northern NSW Local Health District 9,861 78,888 118,332
Northern Sydney Local Health District 16,929 135,433 203,150
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 22,023 176,185 264,277
South Western Sydney Local Health District 23,528 188,228 282,342
Southern NSW Local Health District 4,546 36,365 54,547
St Vincent's Health Network 6,142 49,135 73,702
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 8,251 66,005 99,008
Sydney Local Health District 20,288 162,308 243,462
Western NSW Local Health District 8,298 66,387 99,580
Western Sydney Local Health District 23,031 184,249 276,374
Total 215,350 1,722,797 2,584,814

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.