Flagstaff Medical Center had the 3rd Highest Payment per Day for Gastrointestinal Hemorrhages in the Nation in 2016



By: Saparja Nag  Jan. 11, 2018

Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, AZ had the highest revenue per day for all inpatients and for DRG-378: G.I. hemorrhages with complication or comorbidity patients between January to December 2016, according to a recent analysis by Dexur. This study was performed on Arizona hospitals with over 3,500 total Medicare inpatient discharges and over 11 Medicare discharges categorized under DRG-378. Payment or revenue per day is frequently analyzed as a measure of healthcare utilization by a patient population at a hospital or in a region. It allows for a comparison of the general cost of care that similar patients receive at different facilities.

For payment per day for all DRG-378 inpatients and DRG-378 30-day prior hospitalization, both Flagstaff Medical Center and Banner - University Medical Center Tucson exceeded both Arizona state and national averages. The national and state averages saw a higher payment per day for all DRG-378 inpatients than for patients who had previously been hospitalized in the past 30 days. Conversely, both of these high revenue Arizona hospitals saw a slightly higher revenue per patient day for DRG-378 inpatients who had prior hospitalizations within 30 days than for all DRG-378 inpatients.

DRG-378 is defined as a gastrointestinal hemorrhage with complication or comorbidity. Various conditions fall under this broad definition including ulcers (gastric, duodenal, and peptic), gastritis, diverticulitis and diverticulosis of the large and small intestine, and hematemesis (vomiting blood).

Flagstaff Medical Center is a part of Northern Arizona Healthcare, along with Verde Valley Medical Center. Both of these facilities serve patients throughout the northern portion of the state. Banner - University Medical Center Tucson located in Tucson, AZ, serves the people of southern Arizona.


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Saparja Nag

Saparja is a healthcare journalist with a particular interest in how medicine can and should affect health policy. She has extensive experience as a health educator and research scientist in biochemistry. She also enjoys running, cooking elaborate meals, and then eating elaborate meals. Saparja received a Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Vassar College.