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Table 1 Cost per patient encounter derived from the breast health resource center 2007 fiscal year and adjusted for july 2012 inflation

From: Cost of comprehensive patient assistance program in early breast cancer patients

Service Description Cost/encounter
Patient education program lectures  
   Mailing/print $17.54
   Educational materials $3.95
   Food & beverage $10.97
   Auditorium registration $4.39
   AV Rental $1.32
   Faculty/program Dev  
Personnel  
   Salaries w/ Fringe: 4 CSW, 1 admin assist $54.88
Patient assistance fund  
   Clinical service (mammo,sono, clinic fee) $0.98
   Surgical biopsies/radiologic biopsies $0.65
   Post-Op Bras/prosthesis $0.33
   Wigs $0.08
   Patient transportation $0.13
   Emergency stipend (rent, utilities, food, childcare, medical insurance payments) $0.16
   Hospice/comprehensive care $0.12
Facility costs  
   Janitorial service $1.01
   Electricity $0.28
   Storage $0.06
   TV/Cable $0.05
   Telephone/DSL $0.77
   Telephone/computer connection $1.55
   Building space rental $6.50
Administrative and operating costs  
   Books (medical) $0.04
   Catering $0.16
   Conference room $0.23
   Consultants $0.31
   Print shop $0.77
   Equipment rental $0.33
   Messenger service $0.04
   Office supplies $0.56
   Photocopy mach supplies $0.05
   Postage $0.23
   Books/periodicals $0.23
   Marketing/website/promo items $1.16
   Stationery/brochures $0.39
   Subway, taxi, car $0.39
   Engineering/sign shop $0.16
   Course or conference registration $0.19
   Minor office equip/software $0.08
   Temp help $0.08
Total annual cost from third party payer perspective $72.90
Utilization in hours by each needs group and total cost  
0 Need 8 Hours (SD 5.4 , 95% CI 0-16) $583.20
1 Need 27 Hours (SD 22.0, 95% CI 0-101) $1968.30
2 Needs 21 Hours (SD 2.7, 95% CI 0-9) $1530.90
3 Needs 19 Hours (SD 18.3, 95% CI 0-100) $1385.10
  1. Demonstrates the itemized costs of the most frequently accessed volunteer staffed community based comprehensive patient assistance program based on annual budget and total number of visits.