A comparison of length of stay and costs for health maintenance organization and fee-for-service patients.

Abstract

Enrollees of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are less frequently hospitalized than are patients cared for by fee-for-service physicians. To determine if care provided to HMO and fee-for-service patient is different once they are hospitalized, we compared length of stay, total costs, and severity of illness for 617 HMO and fee-for-service patients… (More)

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