Were DRGs and ICD codes developed so higher levels of care could be provided for sicker patients, or were they developed so finance departments could predict the cost of care?

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Were DRGs and ICD codes developed so higher levels of care could be provided for sicker patients, or were they developed so finance departments could predict the cost of care?

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ICD codes were developed to classify diseases for various purposes but mostly for billing purposes. DRGs were developed for reimbursement of hospitals. This question was asked on 2/16/2008 3:35:53 PM and answered on 2/16/2008 4:28:56 PM.

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