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Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group.
Acad Pediatr. 2017 04; 17(3):323-329.APed

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Immunization reminder/recall is widely recommended as an effective strategy for increasing vaccination rates. We examined the revenue generated from well-child visits scheduled as a result of reminder/recall activities implemented in a multipractice pediatric organization.

METHODS

Patients aged 19 to 35 months who were due or overdue for vaccines were identified from participating practices and assigned to either standard or enhanced reminder/recall activities. Participants who received standard reminder/recall were observed for the 6-week study period, and the number of appointments in which vaccines were administered was tracked. Participants who received enhanced reminder/recall were contacted up to 3 times and received a letter followed by up to 2 phone calls. Financial information associated with appointments scheduled during the study period was obtained, and revenue was calculated for each dose of vaccine administered. Reminder/recall costs were calculated and overall revenue generated was calculated.

RESULTS

We identified 3916 children who were potentially due or overdue for immunizations. After review and manual uploading of missing historical vaccines, a total of 1892 participants received the reminder/recall initiative; 942 received standard reminder/recall, and 950 received enhanced reminder/recall. One hundred eighty-two (19%) standard and 277 (29%) enhanced reminder/recall participants scheduled an appointment by the end of the study period (P < .001). After subtracting the cost of reminder/recall activities, an additional $20,066 and $20,235 were generated by standard and enhanced reminder/recall, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS

We show that conducting reminder/recall is at a minimum financially neutral, and might increase revenue generated by vaccine administration.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Immunization Project, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Tex. Electronic address: lcsahni@texaschildrens.org.Ambulatory Services, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Tex.Immunization Project, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Tex; Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26968339

Citation

Sahni, Leila C., et al. "Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group." Academic Pediatrics, vol. 17, no. 3, 2017, pp. 323-329.
Sahni LC, Banes MR, Boom JA. Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group. Acad Pediatr. 2017;17(3):323-329.
Sahni, L. C., Banes, M. R., & Boom, J. A. (2017). Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group. Academic Pediatrics, 17(3), 323-329. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2016.03.002
Sahni LC, Banes MR, Boom JA. Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group. Acad Pediatr. 2017;17(3):323-329. PubMed PMID: 26968339.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Understanding the Financial Implications of Immunization Reminder/Recall in a Multipractice Pediatric Group. AU - Sahni,Leila C, AU - Banes,Monica R, AU - Boom,Julie A, Y1 - 2016/03/09/ PY - 2015/10/29/received PY - 2016/02/22/revised PY - 2016/03/02/accepted PY - 2016/3/13/pubmed PY - 2017/12/8/medline PY - 2016/3/13/entrez KW - reminder/recall KW - revenue KW - vaccines SP - 323 EP - 329 JF - Academic pediatrics JO - Acad Pediatr VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Immunization reminder/recall is widely recommended as an effective strategy for increasing vaccination rates. We examined the revenue generated from well-child visits scheduled as a result of reminder/recall activities implemented in a multipractice pediatric organization. METHODS: Patients aged 19 to 35 months who were due or overdue for vaccines were identified from participating practices and assigned to either standard or enhanced reminder/recall activities. Participants who received standard reminder/recall were observed for the 6-week study period, and the number of appointments in which vaccines were administered was tracked. Participants who received enhanced reminder/recall were contacted up to 3 times and received a letter followed by up to 2 phone calls. Financial information associated with appointments scheduled during the study period was obtained, and revenue was calculated for each dose of vaccine administered. Reminder/recall costs were calculated and overall revenue generated was calculated. RESULTS: We identified 3916 children who were potentially due or overdue for immunizations. After review and manual uploading of missing historical vaccines, a total of 1892 participants received the reminder/recall initiative; 942 received standard reminder/recall, and 950 received enhanced reminder/recall. One hundred eighty-two (19%) standard and 277 (29%) enhanced reminder/recall participants scheduled an appointment by the end of the study period (P < .001). After subtracting the cost of reminder/recall activities, an additional $20,066 and $20,235 were generated by standard and enhanced reminder/recall, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: We show that conducting reminder/recall is at a minimum financially neutral, and might increase revenue generated by vaccine administration. SN - 1876-2867 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26968339/Understanding_the_Financial_Implications_of_Immunization_Reminder/Recall_in_a_Multipractice_Pediatric_Group_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1876-2859(16)30044-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -