Issue number:
04/2000
Date Issued:
11 Feb 2000
Issued to:
Public Hospitals
Purpose:
To advise hospitals about changes to the base fee for acute episodes of care for TAC separations.
  1. TAC Admitted Patients - changes in fees
  2. VWA Admitted Patients - changes in fees
  3. TAC and VWA admitted patients statements
  4. Compensable Non-Admitted Patient - changes in fees

1. TAC Admitted Patients - changes in fees

For acute episodes of care, the base fee for TAC separationson or after 1 July 1999 until further notice is $1,956 per Weighted Inlier Equivalent Separation (WIES7).

Effective on or after 1 July 1999 the following fees apply for patients admitted to rehabilitation programs designated by the Department of Human Services:

Level 1 (Care Type 2): $350 per day
Level 2 (Care Type 6): $291 per day
Level 3 (Care Type 7): $291 per day

2. VWA Admitted Patients - changes in fees

For acute episodes of care, the base fee for VWA separations on or after 1 Dec 1999 until further notice is $1,956 per Weighted Inlier Equivalent Separation (WIES7).Effective on or after 1 Dec 1999 the following fees apply for patients admitted to rehabilitation programs designated by the Department of Human Services:

Level 1 (Care Type 2): $350 per day
Level 2 (Care Type 6): $291 per day
Level 3 (Care Type 7): $291 per day

3. TAC and VWA admitted patient statements

As advised in the Health Data Standards and Systems (HDSS) Bulletin (www.dhs.vic.gov.au/ahs/hdss) Issue 5/1999, hospitals are required to retransmit all admitted patient episodes with a VWA and TAC Account Class with a separation date on or after 1 July 1999. This will trigger the production of a new TAC or VWA statement which can be forwarded, together with an invoice, to the relevant authority for payment.

4. TAC and VWA Non-Admitted Patients - changes in fees

The compensable non-admitted patient fees for ancillary services provided in public hospitals to:

TAC patients have been amended effective 1 July 1999; and

VWA and all other compensable patients excluding TAC patients, patients have been amended - effective 1 December 1999.

Fee Schedule - administrative change

The fee schedule for services provided to non-admitted compensable (excluding VWA) patients for outpatient / casualty / accident & emergency services provided by salaried medical practitioners in public hospitals provided to compensable non-admitted patients has been deleted from the State's Fees Manual. It can now be accessed directly from the TAC website.

and referring to:

Policies and Guidelines

General Information and Contents

The fee schedule for services provided to non-admitted compensable VWA patients for outpatient / casualty / accident & emergency services provided by salaried medical practitioners in public hospitals is as set out in the State's Fees Manual.

Fees Manual Updates

To access the above updates in the Fees and Charges for Acute Health Services in Victoria: A Handbook for Public Hospitals,

and refer to:

Section A: Fees for Admitted Patients:
6.VWA Patients; and
7.TAC Patients

Section B: Fees for Non-Admitted Patients
5. Compensable Non-admitted Patient Fees

HEATHER BUCHAN
ACTING DIRECTOR
ACUTE HEALTH