Date of Award

Fall 1988

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Diagnosis-related group (DRG) reimbursement for the acute care setting has had numerous effects, both positive and negative. This essay will explore the impact of DRGs to the acute care setting and its implications for health care and nursing system delivery. The first section of the essay deals with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) in the context of the history of third party reimbursement in the U.S. Part two offers a brief outline of the PPS and how DRGs are determined. Part two offers a brief outline of the PPS and how DRGs are determined. Part three offers a survey of literature on the effects of DRGs to nursing and health care in general. The concluding portion of this paper attempts to analyze that literature in the context of today's debate over health care costs.

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