Establishing funding rates for colonoscopy and gastroscopy procedures in Ontario

  • J. Monakova Cancer Care Ontario
  • J. Wong Cancer Care Ontario
  • I. Blais
  • A. Langan Ontario Medical Association
  • N. Ratansi Mastercard Foundation
  • D. Morgan St. Joseph’s Hospital, McMaster University
  • N. N. Baxter Cancer Care Ontario, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Keywords: Colonoscopy cost, gastroscopy cost, micro-costing, funding rates

Abstract

Introduction This paper describes the funding rates established in Ontario to reflect best practices in hospitalbased care delivery for these endoscopic procedures: colonoscopy, colonoscopy biopsy, gastroscopy, gastroscopy biopsy, and colonoscopy combined with gastroscopy.

Methods The funding rates are based on direct costs and were established using a micro-costing approach after receipt of inputs from 3 working groups and a review of the administrative data and literature, where applicable. The first group advised on nursing activities, time, and staffing ratios along the patient pathway for each of the procedures. The second group provided recommendations about the duration for each procedure, and the third group provided information about supplies and equipment, their use, and costs.

Results The resulting funding rates are $161.18 for colonoscopy and $151.08 for gastroscopy (without accompanying interventions), $16.06 for colonoscopy biopsy and $8.22 for gastroscopy biopsy (added to the respective procedures), and $207.26 for combined colonoscopy and gastroscopy. Detailed costs for each component embedded in the rates are also provided.

Conclusions The rates came into effect in April 2018. The process and outcomes described here allowed for a transparent pricing mechanism in which funding follows the patient, clinical expert consensus is the basis for practice, and providers and payers both understand the components.


Author Biographies

D. Morgan, St. Joseph’s Hospital, McMaster University
Service of Gastroenterology, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine
N. N. Baxter, Cancer Care Ontario, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Department of Surgery

 

Published
2019-04-29
How to Cite
Monakova, J., Wong, J., Blais, I., Langan, A., Ratansi, N., Morgan, D., & Baxter, N. N. (2019). Establishing funding rates for colonoscopy and gastroscopy procedures in Ontario. Current Oncology, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.3747/co.26.4405
Section
Costing Series