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In the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress mandated that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) implement a Prospective Payment System (PPS) for inpatient rehabilitation. This interim report describes the research that RAND performed to support HCFA's initial efforts to design and develop such a PPS. It also discusses our plans for further research on the implementation, monitoring, and refinement of such an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility RPS (IRF PPS).

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Data and Methods

  • Chapter Three

    Case Classification System

  • Chapter Four

    Unusual Cases

  • Chapter Five

    Relative Case Weights

  • Chapter Six

    Facility Level Adjustments

  • Chapter Seven

    Outliers and Simulations

  • Chapter Eight

    Future Research

  • Appendix A

    Appendix A

  • Appendix B

    Appendix B

  • References

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