Term: Atypical Patient
Last Updated: 2012-02-16
In case mix classification systems, patients are categorized as typical or atypical based on several criteria. An atypical patient is one where the hospitalization involves a transfer, sign-out against medical advice, ends in death, includes non-acute days, or has a length of stay beyond the trim point (outlier). An atypical patient has a different resource use within the hospital relative to a typical patient. Both the DRG™ and CMG™ patient case mix classification systems distinguish between typical and atypical patients. For more information please see the term typical patient .
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