Case 3. Medicare Reimbursement Reforms (Page 5 of 37)
Phase One: Thinking About the Issues
Q1a. Determine the problems or issues inherent in this research case and and begin to define the questions you need to ask.
Now that you have read over the case and background information you can begin to ask questions and plan your strategy for retrieving information of use to your researcher. In developing and answering the questions posed above you may want to
list approaches used to research the Medicare prospective reimbursement system and its effects on length of stay, hospital reimbursment, quality of care and cost savings
examine various sources for published literature in health services research related to the the topics listed in the previous bullet
find current health services research projects in relevant topics
find relevant existing journals, datasets and instruments for further examination
visit and examine the key government and non-profit organizations with an interest in this area for possible funding and information
evaluate retrieved articles and related content for quality
determine how to keep current with new information on this and related topics
It is also worth examining the historical background to the Prospective Payment System and DRGs for added insights.