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[Remarks on the introduction of the German Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) for the specialty of urology].

Authors
  • Volkmer, B G
  • Gottfried, H W
  • Gschwend, J E
  • Hautmann, R E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2003
Volume
42
Issue
4
Pages
496–504
Identifiers
PMID: 12715122
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In January 2003 a new system to charge inpatient treatment was established in Germany: the G-DRGs. This system is based on the thought that equal medical service causes equal costs all over Germany. Hospitals offering a broad spectrum of diagnostics and therapies and being unable to select their patients according to economical aspects are put at disadvantage: Despite a perfect documentation the G-DRGs reflect their medical service only in an insufficient way. Tools for an optimized coding must be a coding manual created for the specific needs of urologists and an infrastructure that allows a permanent quality control for all persons involved.

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