Term: Day Procedure Groups (DPG™)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-04-09


A classification system for ambulatory care provided in hospitals, most commonly surgical procedures that can be performed without the need for an overnight stay. Patients are assigned a code according to the principal or most significant procedure recorded on the patient abstract. Patients within the same DPG™ category will be similar in terms of resource utilization and clinical episodes. A resource intensity weight (RIW) is assigned to each DPG™ reflecting the average relative resource requirements for the type of procedure.

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