Patient costing was conducted in accordance with 2006-07 NSW PPDC Standards AR-DRG version 5.
The median length of stay (LOS) was three days (range 1-126), while the median AR-DRG allocated LOS was 3.
For the AR-DRGs allocated to the 206 trauma patients, the average in-hospital AR-DRG reimbursement was $12,751 (range: $1,370-$147,988), while the average actual cost was $15,104 (range: $782-$195,022).
Of the 43 AR-DRG groupings identified in this group of patients, there were 27 (62.
However, findings from this pilot study are supported by the international literature, which has consistently demonstrated that the AR-DRG method of describing the complex trauma patient's injuries is insufficient and underestimates the true cost of the patient's treatment requirements (Aucar & Hicks 2005, Grotz et al.
In the current study, the average AR-DRG cost increased as injury severity increased.
The Commonwealth Department of Health & Aging produced the AR-DRG in consultation with the Clinical Casemix Committee of Australia (CCCA), Clinical Coding and Classification Groups, the National Center for Classification in Health, as well as State and Territory health authorities and other organizations within and outside the Commonwealth of Australia.
0(TM) architecture and software suite demonstrating the multi-lingual integration of the AR-DRG grouper software may be reviewed at http://www.
0(TM) is a significant milestone in the use of AR-DRGs worldwide.
The grouping logic for an AN-SNAP class is not available in the same way as purchasing the AR-DRG grouper software, therefore this posed a significant problem for AHSA including a knowledge gap as to the intricate details of the AN-SNAP class grouping logic.
This ensured that all AN-SNAP classes could be verified by AHSA in similar manner that all AR-DRGs in the episode file are regrouped in all relevant versions of the grouping logic.