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Case mix management: a cautionary note.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Healthcare management forum / Canadian College of Health Service Executives = Forum gestion des soins de santé / Collège canadien des directeurs de services de santé
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
47–50
Identifiers
PMID: 10129774
Source
Medline

Abstract

Using data from a study that involved 500 U.S. acute care hospitals, the author examines the relationship between the profitability of Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) and their DRG weight, and the similarity/difference of the most/least profitable DRGs across hospital types. Hospital administrators are cautioned that to engage in case mix management, they must use a management information system that provides the data necessary for determining the cost of treating each patient type within their own institution, not information derived from other facilities or other systems.

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