Robert B. Fetter

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environmental economist with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ash and Fetter are joint co-authors. We thank Jim Boyce and John Stranlund for their invaluable guidance, and we are deeply grateful to Nick Bouwes and Steven Hassur of the Environmental Protection Agency who have painstakingly developed and graciously provided us with(More)
This paper approaches the design of a regional or statewide hospital rate-setting system as the underpinning of a larger system which permits a regulatory agency to satisfy the requirements of various public laws now on the books or in process. It aims to generate valid interinstitutional monitoring on the three parameters of cost, utilization, and quality(More)
This paper outlines the system for cost accounting and managerial control which is an extension of the usually accepted departmental costing systems and takes as its units the 383 Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) considered to be the hospital's products. It is held that such an approach offers hospital managers a more powerful, analytic, budgeting, and(More)
This article describes Ambulatory Visit Groups (AVGs) and the process by which they were defined. An approach to the analysis of physician productivity in the ambulatory setting is then demonstrated, with data derived from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey [1]. Finally, recommendations for future work are presented to make this approach more(More)
Medicare uses Diagnosis-related Groups for prospective hospital payments nationwide, but the groups were not originally intended as such. The authors trace the development of this landmark program and explore the concept of product line management. Dr. Fetter, a leading authority in health care resource allocation, developed the entire framework for DRGs as(More)
If hospitals are to succeed in their efforts in cost control, they must segregate the influence of efficiency and effectiveness and integrate the medical staff into the management structure. One management model that facilitates such integration is Clinical Matrix Management. Using such a model, the distinct responsibilities in patient care can be(More)