CHA News Article

DHCS Updates APR-DRG Grouping Software

The Department of Health Care Service (DHCS) has announced that it will update the All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Group (APR-DRG) core grouping software from version 29 to version 31, effective July 1. DHCS also released the attached listing of the updated relative weights, average lengths of stay and  Medicaid care categories.

In addition, DHCS will adjust the statewide base rate and rehabilitation rate to reflect the most current Medicare wage index values for inpatient admission. Effective July 1, the labor share percentage of the wage area formula will increase from 68.8 percent to 69.9 percent. Hospitals with a transitional base rate will not be affected by this change. For additional information, visit the DHCS APR-DRG website.