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Cost Savings From a Policy to Diagnose and Prevent Transmission of Adenoviral Conjunctivitis in Employees of a Large Academic Medical Center

Cost Savings From a Policy to Diagnose and Prevent Transmission of Adenoviral Conjunctivitis in... Key PointsQuestionWhat is the economic impact of a quality improvement policy to diagnose suspected adenoviral conjunctivitis in medical center employees using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) before furlough? FindingsIn this quality improvement study, a total of 1520 employees underwent conjunctival swabbing for PCR for clinical suspicion of adenoviral conjunctivitis; 130 (8.6%) had positive PCR test results and required a 1- to 2-week furlough. The estimated cost savings from furloughing 130 employees instead of 1520 was more than $3 million during 7 years. MeaningThese findings suggest that use of accurate diagnostic testing for adenoviral conjunctivitis can result in cost savings from fewer employee furloughs compared with furloughs based on clinical diagnosis, the typical method of diagnosing conjunctivitis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Cost Savings From a Policy to Diagnose and Prevent Transmission of Adenoviral Conjunctivitis in Employees of a Large Academic Medical Center

JAMA Ophthalmology , Volume 139 (5) – May 1, 2021

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6165
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2168-6173
DOI
10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2021.0150
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhat is the economic impact of a quality improvement policy to diagnose suspected adenoviral conjunctivitis in medical center employees using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) before furlough? FindingsIn this quality improvement study, a total of 1520 employees underwent conjunctival swabbing for PCR for clinical suspicion of adenoviral conjunctivitis; 130 (8.6%) had positive PCR test results and required a 1- to 2-week furlough. The estimated cost savings from furloughing 130 employees instead of 1520 was more than $3 million during 7 years. MeaningThese findings suggest that use of accurate diagnostic testing for adenoviral conjunctivitis can result in cost savings from fewer employee furloughs compared with furloughs based on clinical diagnosis, the typical method of diagnosing conjunctivitis.

Journal

JAMA OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 2021

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