Latest News for Day Hospital Sector


Posted : 04.07.19: PHA releases new National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form

Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) undertook a consultation on the National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form, Day Hospitals Australia provided input.  The National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form is the standard national form to be completed for payment of benefits by health funds for all admitted patient claims for all privately insured patients in private and public hospitals and day hospital facilities in Australia.  A copy of the form and guidance document can be found on the PHA website.   Hospitals are encouraged to use the new form from 1 July 2019.

Posted : 04.07.19: AIHW releases Hospital Resources 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) yesterday released the above report.  In 2016–17 about 69% ($10.8 billion) of private hospital funding was non-government, including:

  • private health insurance funds ($7.8 billion)
  • individuals (or out-of-pocket expenses $1.8 billion)
  • other ($1.2 billion).

Further information and a copy of the report can be found on the AIHW website.

Posted : 22.05.19: Day Hospitals Australia National Conference 2019

Registrations and the preliminary program are now available for the Day Hospitals Australia National Conference 2019, which is being held from 11 – 13 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

With the theme “Day Hospitals – providing solutions for a sustainable health care system“, this important national conference features a program that addresses the many challenges faced by the sector, including more advanced procedures being performed in day hospitals, actions to advise consumers of the benefits of day hospital treatment and most importantly the sustainability of the day hospital sector.

Discounts apply for Day Hospitals Australia members and /or multiple registrations from the same facility and Early Bird Registrations Close on 31 July 2019.

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Posted : 17.04.19: PHI Reforms Information

Day Hospitals Australia provides five fact sheets to assist day hospitals in understanding recent changes to private health insurance legislation, and how they affect day hospitals.

Different parts of the changes take effect on 1 January 2019 and 1 April 2019, and will be fully implemented by 1 April 2020. Details of the implementation times are set out in the fact sheets.
Day hospitals may use these resources to educate staff and other relevant persons such as medical practitioners practising at the day hospitals about the changes.

All fact sheets contain references to resources published by the Commonwealth Department of Health in relation to each topic.

The topics of the five fact sheets are:

  • Second Tier Default Benefits
  • Gold/Silver/Bronze/Basic tiers of private health insurance covering hospital treatment
  • Standardisation of clinical categories under private health insurance tiers
  • Changed powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
  • Changes to Prostheses Benefits for Medical Devices

Click here for a copy of the fact sheets. 

Posted : 20.03.19: Update | My Health Record

Health care facilities are reminded of the following steps to assist in connecting to My Health Record.  It is a requirement under the NSQHS Standards to be connected to My Health Record.

Registration and Connection Resources:

Policy and Security Resources:

Checklists and resources are available on the My Health Record website:

Education Resources:

Posted : 22.01.19: Day Hospitals Australia | 2018 : A Year in Review

We are proud to look back and share this snapshot of the achievements made by Day Hospitals Australia and in the Day Hospital sector in 2018.  Please click here to view.

Posted : 22.01.19: Day Hospitals Australia announces newly appointed Chairperson to join in March

The Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chairperson, Mr Philip Truskett, who will commence on 4 March 2019.  Mr Philip Truskett AM is a General Surgeon.  He is the immediate Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and General Surgeons Australia, Current Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges and is the RACS representative on the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee (PHMAC).