Using Linear Programming to Manage Surgical Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Final rept. Aug 95-May 96,
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATI ON
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The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of using linear programming as a tool to support decisions involving surgical case mix at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. This study used estimates of CHAMPUS prospective payments and direct care facility costs to differentiate surgical discharges arrayed by Diagnosis Related Groups DRGs. Results of this study indicate that linear programming is an effective adjunct to data driven analysis, particularly regarding decisions seeking optimization of existing resources. This study includes both a template for utilizing linear programming with surgical DRGs and an interpretation of the linear programming model developed using Naval Medical Center Portsmouths top fifty surgical DRGs, constrained by surgical patient bed days and estimates of operating room capacity.
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