Geriatric medicine offers an opportunity for growth – recognize geriatric potential and use additional proceeds

Dr. Peter Vetter, Dr.-Ing. Jörg Risse, Stefanie Kolbe 

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

Medical center formation – concept for the Austrian health system?

Dipl.-Vw. Dr. Max Laimböck, Dr.-Ing. Jörg Risse, Stefanie Kolbe 

The health system is characterized by constant and rapidly progressing change, which makes it increasingly difficult for the patient to keep track of and thus compare possibilities over the increasingly complex treatment methods offered. It is therefore understandable that health policy demands for appropriate quality evidence and increased transparency on the part of the informed patient are becoming increasingly important.

In response to this development, different concepts and offers were created in Germany – this included the formation of medical centers. While center formation has become widespread in the German health care system, it has not yet been able to establish itself in the Austrian health care system. The article describes the basic features of the establishment of medical centers and the options for an introduction to the Austrian health system.

ÖKZ – Das österreichische Gesundheitswesen, Ausgabe 08-09/2015, Seite 39-40