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Title
Trends in length of stay for Medicare patients: 1979-87.
First Author
Kominski, Gerald F
Date of Pub
1993 Winter
Pages
121-135
Volume
15
Issue
2
Other Authors
Witsberger, Christina J
Abstract
Hospital length of stay (LOS) declined steadily during the 1970s, then rapidly during the early years of the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS). In this article, the authors examine trends in hospital LOS for Medicare patients from 1979 through 1987 for all cases combined, for medical and surgical cases separately, and for different geographic regions. The increase in LOS for surgical cases from 1985 through 1987 represented two offsetting trends. Continuing declines in LOS for most procedures were offset by an increased shift toward complex, long LOS procedures.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Aged : Data Collection : Diagnosis-Related Groups/statistics & numerical data : Geography : Health Services Research : Hospitals/utilization : Human : Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data/trends : Medicare Part A/statistics & numerical data/utilization : Prospective Payment System/statistics & numerical data : Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : Surgical Procedures, Operative/economics/utilization : United States
NTIS Number
PB95-123469