To date, little information is available regarding the actual incidence of ventilation tube placement in a known population of pediatric patients. We evaluated the incidence of ventilation tube placement in a known population of pediatric patients whose health coverage is provided through a large managed care organization. Epidemiological data provided by a large managed care organization on a population of 67995 children from July 1, 1993, through June 30, 1994, were evaluated. A primary care physician referral to an otolaryngologist was required for assessment, and precertification for ventilation tube placement was obtained using explicit criteria developed by a large national health services utilization review organization. In children younger than 24 months, 30.11% underwent ventilation tube placement compared with an overall incidence of 4.49% for all children younger than 18 years. The details of this study are presented to understand better the implications of the epidemiology of otitis media and how it relates to a physician's participation in a managed care organization.
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123:226-228
Myer CM, France A. Ventilation Tube Placement in a Managed Care Population. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(2):226-228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900020116018