diagnostic-related group


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diagnostic-related group (DRG),

a group of patients classified for measuring a medical facility's delivery of care. The classifications, used to determine Medicare payments for inpatient care, are based on primary and secondary diagnosis, primary and secondary procedures, age, and length of hospitalization. See also prospective payment system.
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Reduced cost: UPMC conducted a data analysis that included 3,300 inpatient medical records in six diagnostic-related groups and found that patients who viewed the programs had an average length-of-stay 0.
In 2004, CMS estimated it paid for about 8,000 of these procedures, "at about $13,000 a pop--S1,000 in doctor fees, $12,000 in diagnostic-related groups," the spokesman said.
The HHS announced that it will be revamping its inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) over the next three years in order to better tie Medicare payments to hospital costs, increase the number of diagnostic-related groups (DRGs), and more accurately reflect the severity of illness.
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