Analysis of variations in hospital use by Medicare patients in PSRO areas, 1974-1977.
Deacon, Ronald W
Date of Pub
Gornick, Marian; Lubitz, James; Newton, Marilyn
A study of the use of short-stay hospitals in PSRO areas by Medicare enrollees aged 65 and over for the period 1974 through
1977 revealed that discharge rates increased, average length of stay (ALOS) decreased, and days-of-care rates remained relatively
constant in nearly all of the PSRO areas. The data show large variations in hospital use in PSRO areas within States and HEW
regions, and suggest that factors within the area are critical determinants of hospital utilization. This study presents important
implications for PSRO program policy for it suggests that factors other than physician and hospital behavior should also be
considered when setting objectives for reducing misutilization and improving the quality of health care.
Catchment Area (Health) : Aged : Female : Hospitalization/trends : Human : Length of Stay/trends : Male : Medicare/utilization
: Patient Discharge : Population : Professional Review Organizations/organization & administration : Statistics : United States