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The costs of acute readmissions to a different hospital – Does the effect vary across provider types?

Christian Møller Dahl and Line Planck Kongstad

Social Science & Medicine, 2017, vol. 183, issue C, 116-125

Abstract: Treatment costs are found to vary substantially and systematically within DRGs. Several factors have been shown to contribute to the variation in costs within DRGs. We argue that readmissions might also explain part of the observed variation in costs. A substantial number of all readmissions occur to a different hospital. The change in hospital indicates that a progression of the illness has occurred since the initial hospitalisation. As a result, different-hospital readmissions might be more costly compared to same-hospital admissions.

Keywords: Denmark; Readmissions; Different-hospital readmissions; Cost analysis; Patient-level data; Heterogeneous effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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