Profiling hospitals for length of stay for treatment of psychiatric disorders

  title={Profiling hospitals for length of stay for treatment of psychiatric disorders},
  author={Jeffrey S. Harman and Brian J. Cuffel and MPH Kelly J. Kelleher},
  journal={The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research},
Managed behavioral health care organizations (MBHOs) often profile hospitals on length of stay (LOS) and other performance measures. However, previous research has suggested that most of the variation in utilization for general medical conditions is attributable to case-mix indicators and random sources rather than individual providers. Hospital discharge data are used to estimate hierarchical linear models, where hospitals and physicians within hospitals are treated as a random effect. The… CONTINUE READING

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