Assessment of reimbursement in a community hospital–based pharmacist-managed outpatient transition clinic

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Abstract

Purpose.

The assessment of reimbursement for and time spent on patient visits in a newly implemented, outpatient pharmacist-managed transition clinic (TC) was studied.

Methods.

A retrospective chart review was conducted on clinic visits that occurred during January 1 to December 31, 2015. Patients who had at least one TC visit during the study period were included. Any visit with no response from insurance by March 31, 2016, was excluded. Services provided by the TC were billed using a facility fee billing model. The following data were collected: number of visits, time length of individual visits, billed amount, level of service, type of insurance, and amount reimbursed (from primary insurance, secondary insurance, and total amount). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results.

One hundred eight patients were eligible for inclusion in the study, with a total of 306 eligible visits. Each patient had a mean of 2.82 visits. The mean ± S.D. time spent per visit was 55 minutes. Visits were billed at level 2 (2%), level 3 (36%), and level 4 (62%). Two hundred seventy-two visits (89%) were partially or completely reimbursed by insurance, whereas 34 visits (11%) provided no reimbursement. The mean ± S.D. reimbursement was $99 ± $51.88 per visit.

Conclusion.

A pharmacist-managed TC service based in a community hospital achieved a positive return on investment through insurer reimbursement over a 12-month period.

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