Inpatient transfer episodes among aged Medicare beneficiaries.
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Examination of data derived from Medicare provider analysis and review (MEDPAR) discharge records for 152,337 transfer episodes
of aged Medicare beneficiaries indicates that aged Medicare transfer patients have initial stays comparable to non-transfers
in terms of length of stay, case-mix intensity, and total charges. During the final part of the transfer episode, however,
transfers are clearly more intense cases than non-transfers. Patients treated for stroke or cardiovascular conditions are
more likely to be transferred than other Medicare aged inpatients. The transfer episodes examined appear to reflect clinical
considerations based primarily on patient need for specialized care.
Aged : Data Collection : Diagnosis-Related Groups/statistics & numerical data : Episode of Care : Health Services Research
: Hospital Costs/statistics & numerical data : Hospitals, Teaching/economics/utilization : Hospitals/statistics & numerical
data/utilization : Human : Length of Stay/economics/statistics & numerical data : Medicare Part A/statistics & numerical data
: Outliers, DRG/statistics & numerical data : Patient Transfer/economics/statistics & numerical data : Prospective Payment
System/economics/statistics & numerical data : United States