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January 8, 1968

Influence of Utilization Review on Hospital Length of Stay: Initial Experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Community Medicine Unit, Medical Services, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Mr. Kolb is a third-year student, Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Sidel is a research fellow, Medical Foundation (Boston), Inc.

JAMA. 1968;203(2):95-97. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140020023005

Data on length of stay for patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital before and immediately after the advent of Medicare suggest that in some cases length of stay of Medicare part A beneficiaries is adjusted in response to the utilization review process, but that this adjustment occurs in only a small percentage of the cases.