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July 1991

Home Care Cost-effectiveness for Respiratory Technology—Dependent Children

Author Affiliations

From the Coordinating Center for Home and Community Care Inc, Millersville, Md (Dr Fields, Mr Rosenblatt, and Ms Kaufman); the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC (Drs Fields and Pollack); and the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics (Drs Fields and Pollack), George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(7):727-728. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160070025016

• We evaluated home care costs and the cost-effectiveness of home care vs alternative institutional care for respiratory technology—dependent children in a Medicaid Model Waiver Program. "Cost-savings" was measured as the difference between the established Medicaid reimbursable charges to enact an individualized care plan at a long-term care institution and the actual Medicaid reimbursements for home care. Ten patients—six dependent on mechanical ventilation and four with a tracheostomy who were receiving oxygen—were included in the analysis. The mean (±SD) annual home care costs were $109 836±$20 781 for ventilator-dependent children and $63 650±12 350 for oxygen-dependent patients with a tracheostomy, representing annual savings of approximately $79 000 per patient and $83 000 per patient, respectively. The largest portion of home care reimbursements was for nursing care, accounting for 69.0% and 59.0% of the two patient groups. The full program (50 patients) has the potential for a savings of $4 million per year.

(AJDC. 1991;145:729-733)