For APC activity, the NCC publication tables include only episodes that both started and finished during the financial year, and therefore have all costs recorded in the 2018-19 data collection. Using episodes with only partial costs in the reporting year in analysis by Healthcare Resource Group (HRG) could produce misleading results.
In this report, overall activity counts and cost totals include all episodes, including those that started in a prior year, or continued at the year end.
However, analysis in this report using linked Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data includes only episodes that finished during the financial year (they may have started in a prior year, or in the current year). This is because HES data for 2018-19 includes finished consultant episodes only.
(Please see the Linkage to HES section of this report regarding a relevant data quality issue).
Over 99% of PLICS Acute APC activity and over 97% of APC cost for 2018-19 was reported as relating to episodes that started and ended in the financial year.
The percentages of activity records and total costs reported as relating to each type of episode not wholly within the financial year were:
||Percentage of PLICS Acute APC activity
||Percentage of PLICS Acute APC cost
|Started prior to 1 April 2018 and ended by 31 March 2019
|Started on or after 1 April 2018 and not ended by 31 March 2019
|Started prior to 1 April 2018 and not ended by 31 March 2019
The NCC publication tables exclude any activity with HRG code UZ01Z (Invalid for grouping) from all main analysis, and report on this activity separately.
All activity with submitted HRG code UZ01Z is included in this report for A&E, APC and outpatients, as the HRG code does not affect the type of analysis presented here.
The NCC publication tables and the PLICS portal for providers exclude APC and OP activity with submitted treatment function codes 264 (paediatric cystic fibrosis), 343 (adult cystic fibrosis services), 424 (well babies) and 700 (learning disability) as providers had been instructed by NHS England and NHS Improvement not to include activity in these areas in their PLICS Acute submissions.
This report includes activity under these four treatment function codes submitted by 32 providers. The relevant records comprise less than 0.05% of APC total activity and total cost, less than 0.01% of OP total activity and total cost and no more than 0.5% of APC or OP cost for any one provider.
The NCC publication tables include separate analysis of high cost drugs and outpatient diagnostic imaging.
There is no separate reporting of these activities in this report.