Detecting Undifferentiation of Tertiary and County Hospitals in China in Adoption of DRG Instrument

Yuntian Chu, Hongbing Tao
2021 Healthcare  
(1) Background: Undifferentiated function for medical institutes in different levels had been a barrier to China's healthcare reform. Thus, this study aimed to detect medical services that were capable offered both in tertiary and county hospitals in China and discuss the process of detection. (2) Method: Data of 2 tertiary hospitals that were city level and 12 county-level hospitals from one city in China were collected and grouped into diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). A strategy with four
more » ... s was devised by considering the aspects of service volume, in-hospital mortality rate, in-hospital adverse events rate, and inpatient cost. Additionally, a comparison of each indicator was made between city- versus county-level hospitals. (3) Results: There were no differences in service quality between the two levels of hospitals while county hospitals had lower average inpatient costs in 129 DRGs that covered 39.5% of all cases. About CNY 0.26 billion would be saved if certain cases were paid at county-level prices. (4) Conclusion: The study proposed a strategy with four steps that could help in locating the range of diseases in which patients' admission suffered from the problem of undifferentiation between hospitals' functions to reduce the irrational growth of healthcare expenditure.
doi:10.3390/healthcare9080922 fatcat:6yoosltnuvg4fgbj2jsegccshm