New book on DRGs launched at EuroDRG final conference in Berlin

At the EuroDRG final conference, which is held in Berlin, 17 November 2011, the main results of the EuroDRG research project will be presented and discussed with policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders from Europe and beyond.

Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) systems were introduced in Europe to increase the transparency of services provided by hospitals and to incentivise greater efficiency in the use of resources invested in acute hospitals. In many countries, these systems were also designed to contribute to improving - or at least protecting – the quality of care. After more than a decade of experience with using DRGs in Europe, the EuroDRG research project considered whether the extensive use of DRGs has contributed towards achieving these objectives.

During this conference, a new Observatory publication Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe - Moving towards transparency, efficiency and quality in hospitals will be officially launched. The book is intended to contribute to the emergence of a `common language' that will facilitate communication between researchers and policy-makers interested in improving the functioning and resourcing of the acute hospital sector.