MEU: a methodology to measure efficient utilization of hospital inpatient services

W. E. Halperin, D. Neuhauser

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MEU, a method for measuring the efficiency of utilization, was developed because of the large differences in length of hospital stay for similar disease and treatment categories of patients. The differences were observed between doctors, between hospitals, between regions, and between countries. The differences could not be explained by differences in types of patients or the severity of illness. MEU is designed to consider differences in severity of illness, differences in volume and type of inputs (tests and procedures) and differences in efficiency. The method basically analyzes the hospital inpatient, his length of stay, and what happens to him (inputs) while he is there and attempts to measure the efficiency of the care given by the physician and the hospital. The method focuses on controllable key inputs and procedures which can influence the length of stay. MEU is demonstrated by using case histories for inguinal herniorrhaphies in fair hospital settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9140-9124
Number of pages17
JournalAbstracts of Hospital Management Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1972

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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