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Topic 4 Reading Experts Networks And Inscriptions In The Fabrication Of Accounting Images Notes

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"Experts, networks and inscriptions in the fabrication of accounting images" (Chua, 1995)

"Experts, networks and inscriptons in the fabricaton of accountng images" (Chua, 1995) Introducton

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Clinicians should be able to make appropriate trade offs o But they lack data to make theses decisions PPS (Prospective Payment System) has led to declines in length of stay, imaging rates, number of lab tests, better prevention etc. o Clinicians would ask at what patient cost We can never eliminate some degree of judgement but at least we can debate on the basis of evidence and data Quality Assurance is seen as part of administration

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The production of knowledge is as much about power as it is about truth The microcreation of accounting knowledge and its practice is both constituted by and constitutes social and power relations in a post-industrial age characterized by a "mode of information" (Poster, 1990)

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Define "the" output of product of a hospital via its casemix o This notion is similar to the manufacturing concept of volume mix Casemix seeks to measure a hospital's output in a defined period in terms of the number and type of cases (patients) treated A discourse about DRG-based accounting, that is, the allocation of accounting costs to individual DRGs for internal budgetary and managerial control purposes, did not arise until the late 1970s and 1980s (e.g. Fetter el al., 1976) o DRG accounting software embodies the Yale Cost Model (YCM) Must appreciate that DRG generation is very different to DRG-based accounting o DRG casemixes are statistically generated The Universities projects were: o 1) The development of casemix accounting and costing systems using the YCM o 2) The development of non-financial casemix management information systems and utilization review o 3) The investigation of organizational change, new organizational structures which were appropriate for casemix management and the development of educational packages

The antecedent world of sick governments and hospitals o In the 1970s, government agencies came to be perceived as ineffectual and too big and became the subject of extensive reviews

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