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Health Care Financ Rev. 1994 Summer;15(4):33-41.

Medicaid policies for AIDS-related hospital care.

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Department of Community Health, University of Illinois, Champaign 61820.


With hospital services comprising an important part of care related to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and all Medicaid programs becoming major payers of these services, Medicaid policies affect the care that Medicaid recipients with AIDS receive. Many States pay hospitals on the basis of prospective payments that do not vary with patient diagnosis. In contrast, Medicaid programs using diagnosis-related group (DRG) payment methods adjust payments to reflect the greater cost of AIDS care. At least 12 Medicaid programs limited the number of paid inpatient hospital days during 1992; Medicaid recipients with AIDS could easily exceed such limits.

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