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Did the Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Result in Changes in Relative Patient Severity and Relative Resource Use?
Medical Care (2007)
  • Melinda Buntin
  • Susan M. Paddock
  • Jose J. Escarce
  • Orla Hayden
Abstract

Objective. We sought to examine changes in the composition of Medicare beneficiaries in IRFs by examining the percentages of patients having worse functional or health status than the average for their payment groups (relative severity) and of patients having greater cost or longer length of stay than the average for their payment groups (relative resource use) before versus after IRF PPS; to examine whether observed changes in relative resource use were expected given predicted changes; and to explore whether these effects varied by IRF Medicare volume.

Publication Date
February, 2007
Citation Information
Melinda Buntin, Susan M. Paddock, Jose J. Escarce and Orla Hayden. "Did the Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Result in Changes in Relative Patient Severity and Relative Resource Use?" Medical Care Vol. 45 Iss. 2 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/melinda_buntin1/12/