Ethical issues in the use of a prospective payment system: The issue of a severity of illness adjustment
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 12 (2):145-153 (1987)
The current Medicare prospective payment system has many positive incentives for hospitals to control costs. Hospitals are increasing outpatient surgery, decreasing admissions, decreasing length of stay, and decreasing use of ancillary services. These are just the effects that Congress and the Health Care Financing Administration hoped for to save the Medicare trust fund. However, there has been evidence of some adverse outcomes including premature discharge, "dumping" sicker patients and patients without insurance, and adverse impact on hospitals with specialty centers. We examine these issues and present a possible solution based on a new Computerized Severity Index. CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
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