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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 041092 v1
Data Element
Derived Data Element
An episode of care for an admitted patient whose treatment and/or care is provided under an arrangement between a hospital purchaser of hospital care (contracting hospital) and a provider of an admitted service (contracted hospital), and for which the activity is recorded by both hospitals, as represented by a code.
Admitted patient care
Inter-hospital contracted patient status
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Inter-hospital contracted patient from public sector hospital
2Inter-hospital contracted patient from private sector hospital
3Not an inter-hospital contract
Supplementary Values


9Not reported/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
A specific arrangement should apply (either written or verbal) whereby one hospital contracts with another hospital for the provision of specific services.

This data element item is derived as follows:

If Contract role = B (Hospital B, that is, the provider of the hospital service; contracted hospital), and Contract type = 2, 3, 4 or 5 (that is, a hospital (Hospital A) purchases the activity, rather than a health authority or other external purchaser, and admits the patient for all or part of the episode of care, and/or records the contracted activity within the patient's record for the episode of care); then record a value of 1, if Hospital A is a public hospital, or record a value of 2, if Hospital A is a private hospital.

Otherwise if the Contract role is not B, and/or the Contract type is not 2, 3, 4 or 5 record a value of 3.
All services provided at both the originating and destination hospitals should be recorded and reported by the originating hospital. The destination hospital should record the admission as an 'Inter-hospital contracted patient' so that these services can be identified in the various statistics produced about hospital activity.
Used to identify patients receiving services that have been contracted between hospitals. This metadata item is used to eliminate potential double-counting of hospital activity in the analysis of patterns of health care delivery and funding and epidemiological studies.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Is derived fromData ElementData ElementContract roleQH 040806 Version 1Superseded
Is derived fromData ElementData ElementContract typeQH 040807 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200030-Jun-2012
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Episode of care-inter-hospital contracted patient status, code N, Identifier 270409, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/270409/meteorItemView/long