NUMBER OF AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS WITHIN EPISODE

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HES item: NUMACP
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This is a derived data item which records the number of AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS within the CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER).

One to ninety seven AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS may be recorded against a CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER) on a Patient Information System. However, there are specific rules regarding the number of AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS that can be included in a single Admitted Patient Care Contract Data Set (CDS) for transmission via the NHS-wide Clearing Service (NWCS) as follows:

i. If a CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER) includes nine or fewer AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS, all should be reported within the CDS
ii. If a CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER) includes ten or more AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS, the nine most recent should be reported within the CDS

Within the CDS, the AUGMENTED CARE PERIOD NUMBER always remains as the sequential number of that period within the consultant episode, and not the number exchanged, for example if there are 18 AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS within an episode, details of the numbers 10-18 (the nine most recent) will be transmitted and the AUGMENTED CARE PERIOD NUMBERS will also be 10-18.

In this example, the derived data item NUMBER OF AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS WITHIN EPISODES should therefore be recorded as 18.

Note: The above rules relate to the exchange of data not the collection of data, all augmented care activity must be recorded on Patient Information Systems within the CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER). 

This data element is also known by these names:

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plural NUMBER OF AUGMENTED CARE PERIODS WITHIN EPISODES