It is uncertain, under prospective payment, if hospitals face financial disincentives to treat older Medicare patients.
Therefore, we studied associations between age and hospital charges and length of stay for Medicare patients and the impact on hospital reimbursement of Medicare's decision in October 1987 to eliminate older age (>=70 years) as a criterion for stratifying diagnosis related groups (DRGs).
The 23 179 medical and surgical admissions to one academic medical center in 1985 through 1989 who were aged 65 years or more were studied using a retrospective cohort design.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Homme, Vieillard, Analyse coût, Medicare
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Human, Elderly, Cost analysis
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0291025
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.