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  On Demand  CE  Calculating the Cost of Healthcare Associated Infections

Educational Grant From Remel
This program will provide an overview of the costs associated with HAIs. We will present a framework for thinking about costs, discuss healthcare financing terms, cost accounting data, and data sources to understand estimates of attributable costs of HAIs, and introduce a cost calculator for MRSA screening. The MRSA cost calculator will be used to demonstrate how to leverage use of such tools to study potential costs of HAIs at participant institutions.

At the conclusion of this presentation participants should be able to:
  • Describe a framework for the cost of HAIs.
  • Outline the components of costs of HAIs.
  • Demonstrate use of the MRSA Screening Cost Analyzer to estimate the cost of MRSA screening.
  • Operate and apply cost calculators generally.
Chris Hollenbeak, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgery & Public Health Sciences, Penn State University College of Medicine
  Chris Hollenbeak is Associate Professor in the departments of Surgery and Public Health Sciences at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Outcomes Research and Quality in the Department of Surgery and Research Director for the Center for Quality Innovation at the Penn State Milton S. Medical Center. Nationally recognized for his work in health economics and outcomes research, his publications have appeared in more than 90 articles in major journals. Much of his research is at the nexus of surgery and economics. In previous research he has estimated the cost of surgical site infections following coronary artery bypass graft surgery and liver transplantation, studied the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic and screening techniques for head and neck cancer, estimated the incidence of malignant melanoma among kidney transplant recipients, and the impact of comorbidities on cost of medical care for patients with head and neck cancer. He has also published papers extending statistical methods to estimate the cost of healthcare acquired infections. His research appears in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Dr. Hollenbeak is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors including the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and various corporations in the pharmaceutical industry. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journal PharmacoEconomics and the American Journal of Medical Quality.

Dr. Hollenbeak received his BA in economics from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his MA and PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Chris Hollenbeak, PhD has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
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