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Title
Measuring inpatient and outpatient costs: a cost-function approach.
First Author
Carey, Kathleen
Date of Pub
1992 Winter
Pages
115-124
Volume
14
Issue
2
Other Authors
Stefos, Theodore
Abstract
In this article, the authors estimate a multiple-output cost function for a sample of 2,235 hospitals during the period 1984-88 to disaggregate total costs into inpatient and outpatient components. The results suggest that outpatient cost growth is roughly proportional to that of inpatient cost, despite much higher relative growth in revenues and utilization on the outpatient side. The stability in the outpatient/inpatient cost ratio implies that the increase in the outpatient-to-inpatient utilization ratio was offset by a decline in their relative unit costs.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Comparative Study : Cost Allocation/methods/statistics & numerical data : Data Collection : Hospitalization/economics : Inpatients/statistics & numerical data : Medicare/economics : Models, Statistical : Outpatient Clinics, Hospital/economics : Outpatients/statistics & numerical data : Prospective Payment System/economics : Regression Analysis : United States
NTIS Number
PB2001-105739