Piloting an outpatient policy for funding drugs and their administration in rheumatology

Chevalier, Bernadette, Simpson, Christy, Hemming, Heather, Hiltz, Anne, Monroe, Randi and Sullivan, Victoria (2013) Piloting an outpatient policy for funding drugs and their administration in rheumatology. Healthcare Quarterly, 16 3: 42-47. doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.23498


Author Chevalier, Bernadette
Simpson, Christy
Hemming, Heather
Hiltz, Anne
Monroe, Randi
Sullivan, Victoria
Title Piloting an outpatient policy for funding drugs and their administration in rheumatology
Journal name Healthcare Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1710-2774
1929-6347
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12927/hcq.2013.23498
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 42
End page 47
Total pages 6
Place of publication Toronto, ON, Canada
Publisher Longwoods Publishing
Language eng
Abstract To ensure appropriate use of outpatient clinic resources, an inter-professional group drafted a policy for an equitable, consistent process requiring the use of patients' drug insurance. The authors' organization remains the payer of last resort. A pilot tested and further informed this policy by targeting rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis. Staff were in-serviced, resources were arranged and patients were informed. Thirty-nine pilot patients (87%) had drug insurance, resulting in a savings of $304,700. Fifty-one hospital infusions were administered in private clinics, avoiding $19,125 in clinic costs. Patient and staff/stakeholder satisfaction surveys provided valuable feedback. Lessons learned will be applied to the policy and related processes in preparation for an organizational-wide implementation.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Pharmacy Publications
 
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