The demographic development makes geriatrics a growth area in acute inpatient care. Geriatric potential is currently unused in many hospitals. There is not inconsiderable additional revenue for hospitals because the billing options are not used by geriatric complex flat rates.
One reason for this is the lack of structured screening to identify geriatric patients. On the other hand, the lack of an agreement on the internal allocation of services between the specialist departments involved in many places also helps to ensure that geriatric potential is not used. It is therefore important to identify and use the geriatric potential and the additional revenue generated as a result, and to establish an attractive method for internal activity allocation for all the specialist departments involved.
KU Health Management , Edition 01/2016, pp. 40-44