Health Care Management Science

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 207–220 | Cite as

Case mix planning in hospitals: a review and future agenda

  • Sebastian Hof
  • Andreas Fügener
  • Jan Schoenfelder
  • Jens O. Brunner


The case mix planning problem deals with choosing the ideal composition and volume of patients in a hospital. With many countries having recently changed to systems where hospitals are reimbursed for patients according to their diagnosis, case mix planning has become an important tool in strategic and tactical hospital planning. Selecting patients in such a payment system can have a significant impact on a hospital’s revenue. The contribution of this article is to provide the first literature review focusing on the case mix planning problem. We describe the problem, distinguish it from similar planning problems, and evaluate the existing literature with regard to problem structure and managerial impact. Further, we identify gaps in the literature. We hope to foster research in the field of case mix planning, which only lately has received growing attention despite its fundamental economic impact on hospitals.


Health care Strategic planning Case mix planning Literature review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitäres Zentrum für Gesundheitswissenschaften am Klinikum Augsburg (UNIKA-T), School of Business and EconomicsUniversität AugsburgAugsburgGermany

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