The HACs are identified using a combination of ICD-10-AM codes to identify the diagnosis and the condition onset flag (METeOR identifier: 354816) to indicate that the diagnosis occurred during the episode of admitted patient care.
Some HACs also require other codes to define the complication such as procedure and external cause codes.
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Hospital Medication Chart (PBS HMC) enables the prescribing, administering, supply and claiming of eligible PBS and non-PBS medicines without the need to issue a separate prescription.
Dr Kelly Shaw, Dr Jennifer Makin and Professor Tania Winzenberg from KP Health and Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, have prepared this report on behalf of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is an anaerobic, spore-forming, gram-positive bacillus typically associated with gastrointestinal disease. Transmission of C. difficile occurs by ingestion of spores either through person-to-person contact, animal-to-person contact or environment-to-person contact.