Prepared by: Melanie Wasserman, PhD, MPA; Amy Berninger, MPH; and Jessie Gerteis, MPH, Abt Associates
Contract No. 290-2010-00004-I, Task Order No. 10
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A Practical Guide for Estimating the Costs of Primary Care Transformation
Introduction and Purpose
Step 1. Develop a Detailed Description of Study Setting and Transformation Efforts
Step 2. Select and Apply a Cost Estimation Method
Step 3. Report Results
Other Key Considerations for Estimating Costs of Primary Care Transformation
Synthesis Report: Methods and Results From the AHRQ Estimating Costs Research Grants
Settings and Practice Change Elements Studied
Cost Elements Estimated
Data Sources and Data Collection Methods
Data Analysis Methods
Exhibit 1. Methodological Options for Estimating the Costs of Transforming Primary Care
Exhibit 2. Example of a Trend Analysis Graph
Exhibit 3. Items Classified by Estimating Costs Grantees as Direct and Indirect Cost Elements
Appendix A. Key Characteristics of Estimating Costs Grants
Appendix B. Example Data Collection Tools
Example 1. Pre-Interview Questionnaire
Example 2. Interview Guide
Example 3. Organizational Survey
Example 4. Web-Based Data Collection Tool: Cost Assessment of Collaborative Healthcare (CoACH)
Example 5. Cost Dimensions Tool
Example 6. Cost Capture Template
Example 7. Prescription for Health (P4H) Toolkit
Appendix C. Methodological References Cited by Grantees
The authors thank all of the investigators from the AHRQ Estimating the Costs of Supporting Primary Care Practice Transformation grants for their contributions to the field. The authors also thank Lisa LeRoy, PhD, MBA, for assistance in reviewing the report.
This report was prepared by Abt Associates under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Contract No. HHSA-290-2010-00004-I, Task Order No. 10).
The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the authors, who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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