Geographic variations in Medicare utilization of short-stay hospital services, 1981-88.
Edwards, Winston O
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Gibson, David A
The change in Federal fiscal year 1984 from cost-based reimbursement to prospective payment at a fixed price for a known and
defined product--the hospital stay--represents a fundamental change in the role of the Medicare program within the health
care delivery system. In this article, national and selected geographic trends in Medicare short-stay hospital inpatient discharges
since 1981 are presented, and they show the impact of the implementation of the prospective payment system.
Catchment Area (Health)/statistics & numerical data : Data Collection : Evaluation Studies : Geography : Hospitals/utilization
: Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : Patient Discharge/statistics & numerical
data : United States