publication . Master thesis . 2010

Contract-program evaluation: impact of the DRG classification system on hospitals' outputs

Alves, Helder António Pereira Gomes;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: NSBE - UNL
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
A Work Project, presented as part of the requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree in Management from the NOVA – School of Business and Economics The present work project aims at evaluating the impact of contract-program implementation in 2003 and of incentives created in 2007 on hospital output, under the DRG inpatient classification system. A sample of five Portuguese acute public district hospitals was chosen as sample, between 2002 and 2007. Results of hypothesis testing shows positive significant effects on decreasing average lengths of stay, despite significant average age and case-mix increases verified after 2002. Increasing rates of elective outpat...
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free text keywords: Contract-program, DRG classification system, Outpatient incentives, Upcoding
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