: any of the payment categories that are used to classify patients and especially Medicare patients for the purpose of reimbursing hospitals for each case in a given category with a fixed fee regardless of the actual costs incurred

called also diagnosis related group

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of DRG was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“DRG.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DRG. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

DRG

1 of 2 noun
: any of the payment categories that are used to classify patients and especially Medicare patients for the purpose of reimbursing hospitals for each case in a given category with a fixed fee regardless of the actual costs incurred and that are based especially on the principal diagnosis, surgical procedure used, age of patient, and expected length of stay in the hospital

called also diagnosis related group

DRG

2 of 2 abbreviation
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