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[ENT medicine and head and neck surgery in the G-DRG system 2008].

DRG-Research-Group, Universitätsklinikum Münster, Domagkstrasse 20, 48129, Münster, Deutschland.
HNO (Impact Factor: 0.42). 10/2008; 56(9):874-80. DOI: 10.1007/s00106-008-1761-7
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ABSTRACT Further developments in the German DRG system have been incorporated into the 2008 version. For ENT medicine and head and neck surgery significant changes concerning coding of diagnoses, medical procedures and concerning the DRG-structure were made.
Analysis of relevant diagnoses, medical procedures and G-DRGs in the versions 2007 and 2008 based on the publications of the German DRG institute (InEK) and the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI).
Changes for 2008 focussed on the development of DRG structure, DRG validation and codes for medical procedures. The outcome of these changes for German hospitals may vary depending on the range of activities.
The G-DRG system has gained in complexity again. High demands are made on correct and complete coding of complex ENT and head and neck surgery cases. Quality of case allocation within the G-DRG system has been improved. For standard cases quality of case allocation is adequate. Nevertheless, further adjustments of the G-DRG system especially for cases with complex neck surgery are necessary.

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