Resource utilization groups. A patient classification system for long-term care

TitleResource utilization groups. A patient classification system for long-term care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsFries B.E, Cooney, Jr. L.M
JournalMedical Care
Date PublishedFeb
Accession Number3919222
Keywords*Costs and Cost Analysis, *Diagnosis-Related Groups, *Health Resources/ut [Utilization], *Health Services Needs and Demand, *Health Services Research, *Long-Term Care/cl [Classification], Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Connecticut, Health Services Research/mt [Methods], Human, Reimbursement Mechanisms, Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

The ability to understand, control, manage, regulate, and reimburse nursing home care has been hampered by the unavailability of a classification system of long-term care patients. A study of 1,469 patients in Connecticut nursing homes has resulted in such a classification system that clusters patients with similar relative needs for resources, in particular, for nursing time. The nine groups formed can be used to develop a case-mix profile of the relative care needs of these patients, and their development demonstrates that only a few measures of the functional status of patients, rather than diagnosis or psychosocial/behavioral problems, are sufficient to form such a system.

Short TitleMedical careMedical care
Alternate JournalMed Care