Term: Typical Patient

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-02-16


In case mix classification systems, patients are categorized as typical or atypical based on several criteria. A typical patient is one that has a normal length of stay, whose treatment is completed in a single facility, and whose resource use is relatively homogeneous within their case mix classification. Typical patients can be assigned a relative resource weight according to their case mix classification. Both the DRG™ and CMG™ patient case mix classification systems distinguish between typical and atypical patients. For more information please see the term atypical patient .

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