|Authors||Benson ME, Horton W, Gluth J, Pfau PR, Einarsson S, Lucey MR, Soni A, Reichelderfer M, Gopal DV|
|Journal||Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. Volume: 10 Issue: 4 Pages: 371-6.e1-2|
|Publish Date||2012 Apr|
As double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) programs continue to be established, further research is needed to assess their financial impact. We evaluated actual financial outcomes and compared them with estimated return on investment (ROI) projections for DBE.We retrospectively compared the predicted and actual financial results for outpatients referred for DBE at an academic tertiary referral center.The ROI analysis was based on a 5-year time frame. The analysis projected a net present value of $64,623 and an internal rate of return of 24.6%. The projected first-year volume was 52 outpatient cases; however, the actual experience was 20 outpatient cases. The predicted percent margin for these outpatient cases was 16.6%; the actual margin was 24.4%. After 37 months, 52 outpatient cases were completed, and the actual percent margin was 4.6%. Payer type had a significant influence on the financial outcomes when projected activity and actual activity were compared.Institutions interested in establishing a DBE program should be aware of the financial implications of program establishment, which can be evaluated in a return on investment analysis. Payer mix significantly influences DBE reimbursement and collection rates.