Based on the findings from this study, it can be argued that the delineation of DRGs for psychiatric hospitals should not rely solely on length of stay on LOS or costs and efforts should be made to search for additional criterion variables. The failure to uncover important factors influencing LOS may also suggest that LOS in psychiatric hospitals can be easily shortened by any policy decision, consequently accelerating the deinstitutionalization and readmission trend. Therefore, the cost concern about psychiatric health services should be balanced with the broader social and medical concerns of managing chronic mental patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Journal of Health and Human Resources Administration|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health