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NordDRG updating and maintenance processes

The annual maintenance and updating of the NordDRG system is performed according to agreed protocol and yearly timetable

  • The definitions are directly based on the primary classifications
  • The definitions are readily accessible and transparent
  • The Board of Nordic Casemix Centre formally accepts any proposed changes to the combined and national versions of the NordDRG definition tables
  • The updating process is performed by qualified experts and staff with the aim to satisfy the needs of the main stakeholders of the system in the Nordic countries
  • New DRGs and modified grouping rules and features should only be accepted if they fulfil established clinical, statistical and economical criteria
  • Modifications are validated with clinical and financial data to ensure that both economic and medical (clinical) homogeneity are retained or improved
  • The updating is sensitive to developments in medical practice as well as other changes to the health care system
  • NordDRG is developed in a way to retain comparability over time whenever possible
  • The development in other international DRG definitions is monitored for the development of future NordDRG definitions
  • Experts from the Nordic countries will participate in joint projects
  • All owners have a reasonability to share knowledge on the field with the other Nordic countries
  • The Board of Nordic Casemix Centre will work actively with development and innovation

The importance of information sharing has an increasing value for the NordDRG cooperation. There is a clear need for education of different stakeholder groups within the NordDRG user countries.

  • The traditional Nordic Casemix Conference is intended continuously be held every second year
  • Further information sharing and educational activities should are part of routine work
  • The Nordic Casemix Centre will support national work in the member countries in this field