DRGs (Diagnosis Related Groups) gather pace with special code guidelines now in place
This article was originally published in Clinica
The German hospitals' association (DKG), the leading groups of the statutory health insurance funds (GKV) and the association of private health insurers (PKV) have agreed on the content of the special code guidelines for the proposed DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) system. The special code guidelines will only apply to specific procedures not covered by the general code guidelines that were finalised during the first half of 2001. The two sets of guidelines will now be fused together in what is to be known as the "German code guidelines", to be introduced on January 1 2002. "The guidelines will be revised at least once a year, but if the need arises, they could be amended before this," says Dr Andreas Priefler of the DKG.
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