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Am J Manag Care. 2000 Dec;6(12):1305-11.

Surviving the prospective payment system: potential problems and solutions to ensure quality of care.

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Subacute Care Services, Cleveland Clinic Foundation-U30, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA. mistryp@ccf.org

Abstract

In response to diagnosis-related group payment systems and changing social structures, many hospital systems have created alternative discharge sites, thus shifting care to subacute units offering comprehensive inpatient programs of cost-effective restorative care. The growth in expenditures for these postacute services led to the implementation of the prospective payment system (PPS). This article discusses factors involved in calculating reimbursement and solutions to such problems as inadequate reimbursement, quality of care, and documentation requirements. For subacute care to succeed clinically and financially, a basis for collaboration between hospital-based referring physicians and subacute unit directors must be established; patient satisfaction and quality of care must be monitored closely; and a well-trained nursing staff with frequent in-service training in patient care should be employed. The reorganization tactics suggested in this article may help a subacute facility function in an efficient way at acceptable costs while maintaining high quality patient care.

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