IMPACT OF RECEIPT OF PATIENT BILLS IN AN INPATIENT SETTING ON PHYSICIAN ORDERING PRACTICES.

Joyce Mamon, Paul Barrett, Maureen Fahey, Donald M. Steinwachs

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Abstract

This study focuses upon ordering practices and awareness of costs of 31 interns in the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Interns on two of the units received summary bills for patients in a one month period (exposed group) with an accompanying questionnaire regarding cost awareness and the current reimbursement system. The interns on the remaining two units did not receive bills (control group). Ordering practices of interns are examined for 7 months following receipt of bills. Results indicate that the exposed group has a higher proportion of cases below/equal to the median for total charges for a one month period as compared to the control group. These findings indicate that exposure to bills has a short term effect (1-2 months) but with no reinforcement, ordering practices tend to return to initial levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages1673-1679
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes
EventProc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care 4th, Proc of the Annu Conf of the Soc for Adv Med Syst, 12th, vol 3 - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Nov 1 1980Nov 5 1980

Other

OtherProc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care 4th, Proc of the Annu Conf of the Soc for Adv Med Syst, 12th, vol 3
CityWashington, DC, USA
Period11/1/8011/5/80

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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