Support for paediatric issues

National Centre for Casemix Classification, 2011

Health Policy Analysis was engaged by the National Centre for Casemix Classification to provide analysis and advice on how paediatric cases are handled within the AR-DRG system and, in particular, how severity issues are handled within the classification. This project was conducted in the context of the review of the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs) for the development of version 7.0 of the classification.

Recommendations were made for refining the AR-DRG system in the short term (Version 7) and in the longer term (Version 8). It was decided that some complications/comorbidities (CCs) would be added to the existing list of CCs that are taken into account when splits of DRGs are made based on severity.