Financial and health impacts of multidisciplinary aerodigestive care

Margaret L. Skinner, Seohee K. Lee, Joseph M. Collaco, Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, Jeannine Hoch, Karla J. Au Yeung

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Objectives (1) Analyze upstream and downstream activity before and after enrollment with the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Care Team (MPACT). (2) Identify potential demand for MPACT services with ICD-9 data. Study Design Retrospective review of financial claims data. Setting Tertiary care children's center. Subjects Pediatric patients (0-18 years old) enrolled with MPACT (pediatric otolaryngology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, speech-language pathology). Methods Case mix data from fiscal years (FYs) 2010-2013 were analyzed for primary, secondary, and tertiary ICD-9 codes in 4 aerodigestive diagnostic categories (ADCs): dysphagia, chronic cough, gastroesophageal disease, and chronic pulmonary disease/asthma. Inclusion criteria included patients <18 years old, seen by MPACT, with FY2010-FY2013 case mix data and ≥2 ADCs. Unique outpatient and inpatient encounters and associated charges were evaluated to determine upstream and downstream activity trends. Results Of the 126 patients meeting inclusion criteria, 55 (44%) had ≥3 ADCs, and 11 (9%) had 4. These 126 patients received outpatient care during 3068 unique encounters. Outpatient total charges were $282,102 before and $744,542 after MPACT intervention. Eighty-six (68%) patients received inpatient care during 423 unique encounters. Inpatient charges were $4,257,137 before and $2,872,849 after MPACT enrollment. Overall, a net reduction of $921,848 in total charges, $7316 per MPACT patient, was noted. FY2010-FY2014 data identified an additional 1728 pediatric patients with ≥2 ADCs not enrolled in MPACT. Conclusion A cohort of children with aerodigestive disease experienced a shift from inpatient to outpatient care with an overall 20% reduction in patient charges when the years before and after MPACT enrollment were compared. Available ICD-9 data suggest potential demand for MPACT services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1064-1067
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • aerodigestive
  • care coordination
  • health care costs
  • health care utilization
  • interdisciplinary care
  • multidisciplinary care
  • pediatric
  • quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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