Comparison of alternative weight recalibration methods for diagnosis-related groups

Health Care Financ Rev. Winter 1990;12(2):87-101.


In this article, alternative methodologies for recalibration of the diagnosis-related group (DRG) weights are examined. Based on 1984 data, cost and charge-based weights are less congruent than those calculated with 1981 data. Previous studies using 1981 data demonstrated that cost- and charge-based weights were not very different. Charge weights result in higher payments to surgical DRGs and lower payments to medical DRGs, relative to cost weights. At the provider level, charge weights result in higher payments to large urban hospitals and teaching hospitals, relative to cost weights.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Ancillary Services, Hospital / economics*
  • Cost Allocation / methods
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups / economics*
  • Methods
  • Prospective Payment System*
  • Rate Setting and Review / methods*
  • Relative Value Scales
  • United States