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Sjoding MW, Valley TS, Prescott HC
Rising billing for intermediate intensive care among hospitalized Medicare bbetween 1996 and 2010.
This study characterized trends in intermediate care use among U.S. hospitals. Only 8.2 percent of Medicare hospitalizations in 1996 were billed for intermediate care, but billing steadily increased to 22.8 percent by 2010, whereas the percentage billed for ICU care and ward-only care declined. Patients billed for intermediate care had more acute organ failures diagnoses codes compared with general ward patients.
Citation: Sjoding MW, Valley TS, Prescott HC . Rising billing for intermediate intensive care among hospitalized Medicare bbetween 1996 and 2010. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016 Jan 15;193(2):163-70. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201506-1252OC.
Keywords: Payment, Hospitals, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Healthcare Costs, Medicare