DRGs and Military Medicine: A Look at DRGs and Length of Stay.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This thesis is an administrative, exploratory study of Diagnosis Related Groups DRGs and their potential use in the military medical service. As such it explores the development and uses of DRGs and examines the results of an analysis of length of stay by DRGs. Data was obtained from a USAF tertiary care facility. Data from existing sources was used but in an uncustomary comparison for the armed services utilizing DRGs and the National Hospital Discharge Survey data for comparisons of mean length of stays. The typical patient in the military sample is a military beneficiary. Only approximately one third of the patients sampled are on active duty status, the mean age of the sample is 36.98 years and half the patients are female. Patients were selected from 16 services and encompassed 254 DRG categories. Of these DRGs, there were ten DRGs with 20 or more observations which were considered a large enough sample for analysis in this study. A comparison of means, AUTOGRP and SAS ANOVAs were the analytic tools used to explore the data base. Significant results in the comparison were discovered through both AUTOGRP and SAS ANOVAs. Keywords hospitalization Air Force medical treatment facilities USAF Hospital System AUTOGRP computer program Analysis of variance SASStatistical Analysis System Financial analysis Computer printouts. Author
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