Hospital financing of ischaemic stroke: determinants of funding and usefulness of DRG subcategories based on severity of illness

Several Western and Arab countries, as well as over 30 States in the US are using the “All-Patient Refined Diagnosis-Related Groups” (APR-DRGs) with four severity-of-illness (SOI) subcategories as a model for hospital funding. The aim of this study is to verify whether this is an adequate model for funding stroke hospital admissions, and to explore which risk factors and complications may influence the amount of funding.[...] APR-DRG with SOI subclassification is a useful funding model as it clusters stroke patients in homogenous groups in terms of resource use. The data on medical care utilisation can be used with unit costs from other countries with similar healthcare set-ups to 1) assess stroke-related hospital funding versus actual costs; 2) inform economic models on stroke prevention and treatment. The data on diagnosis codes can be used to 3) understand which factors influence hospital funding; 4) raise awareness about medical coding practices


DOI: 10.1186/s12913-018-3134-6