Determination of MEPRS Direct Care Costs for Selected Ambulatory Professional Services and a Comparison to Similar CHAMPUS Care Costs for the United States Army, Health Services Command Hospitals.
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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The purpose of this study was to develop a methodology to determine the economic efficiency of ambulatory professional services in U.S. Army Health Services Command HSC hospitals. To limit the scope of the study, the author analyzed the average Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services CHAMPUS government pay for selected individual ambulator professional services and compared this to the average cost of similar services provided in the direct care system. The CHAMPUS data were collected from HSCs Health Care Studies and Clinical Investigation Activitys Triservice CHAMPUS Statistical Data Base. The Management Expense and Performance Reporting System was searched to determine total expense and manpower use for the direct care system. Results indicate it is not always less expensive to provide professional services within the direct care system. Even with a 40 credit per visit for direct care visits, CHAMPUS professional services were still less expensive 31 of the time.... MEPRS, CHAMPUS, Health care costs.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Medicine and Medical Research