Quicker and Sicker

A popular term for the manner in which patients are discharged from US hospitals—i.e., more rapidly (quicker) and less stable (sicker)
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IHS racked up a lot of debt pioneering the concept of subacute care, an opportunity created by hospitals that were discharging patients quicker and sicker. But PPS has rendered certain parts of the subacute business either flat-out unprofitable or profitable only after major cost-cutting.
Mahoney (1995) indicates that "the rehabilitation patient with medical complexity adds a new dimension to traditional interdisciplinary issues in rehabilitation" because "patients are transferred quicker and sicker' to rehabilitation program " to facilitate "health care reform, prospective payment, functional related groups, capitation, and managed care" (p.