Economic impact of the Swiss Diagnosis-Related Group system on acute neurorehabilitation

Loric Berney, Fabio Agri, Jean-Michel Pignat, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Karin Diserens


Objective: To assess the economic impact of introducing the Swiss Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG)-financing system on the Acute Neurorehabilitation Unit (ANRU) of a University hospital in 2012 and to discuss the implications in 2020.
Methods: A retrospective study using monocentric patient cohort and collecting anonymized data of consecutive patients admitted to the ANRU in 2012 and 2013. The characteristics, DRG A43Z, costs and revenues were retrieved from the hospital accounting system and allowed a comparison between the 2012 and 2013 groups of patients.
Results: Forty-seven patients were included over the assessment period. In 2012, of the 23 patients admitted, 20 were coded A43Z, while in 2013, out of the 24 admissions, only eight had that specific code (p < .01). The average length of stay (LOS) increased from 45.5 days in 2012 to 49.5 days in 2013. Similarly, the average cost per patient increased by Swiss Franc (CHF) 19,994 over the two years, from CHF 183,634 in 2012 to CHF 194,629 in 2013. Finally, the average reimbursement per patient diminished by CHF 11,392, from CHF 193,153 in 2012 to CHF 181,760 in 2013.
Conclusions: The negative impact on the cost–revenue balance is linked to both the increased cost of a longer stay and the decreased revenue due to less patients being coded A43Z. This study highlights the difficulties to justify funding of the complex care needed and to properly reflect patient burden in medico-administrative documents. Certainly, there is a need for a concerted effort to identify the services and resources needed within the DRG-system to guarantee the optimal management of acute neurorehabilitation.

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