Estimating mean hospital cost as a function of length of stay and patient characteristics.

@article{Polverejan2003EstimatingMH,
  title={Estimating mean hospital cost as a function of length of stay and patient characteristics.},
  author={Elena Polverejan and Joseph C Gardiner and Cathy J. Bradley and Margaret Holmes-Rovner and David R. Rovner},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2003},
  volume={12 11},
  pages={935-47}
}
Statistical models have been used to assess the influence of clinical and demographic factors on hospital charge and length of stay (LOS). Hospital costs constitute a significant proportion of overall expenditure in health care. With escalating costs, knowing the correlates of LOS and in-hospital cost is important for decisions on allocating resources. However, hospital charge and LOS are correlated. We describe two regression models that permit estimation of mean charges as a function of… CONTINUE READING

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