In this article about how health systems can improve patient access, the author, a consultant with ECG Management Consultants, discusses open access scheduling, patient navigators, telehealth services, and patient contact centers. I particularly like the patient contact center statistics that the author provides, based on the experience of this consulting firm.
Patient Contact Centers (Call Centers)
- $500,000 to $1 million initial capital investment (based on whether or not space is available and whether existing staff can be re-assigned)
- $1 million ongoing call center cost per 500,000 patient interactions
- Groups that have 100 or more providers particularly should evaluate this strategy
Source: Gingrass, J. (2015, Apr.). Changing the channel: strategies for expanding patient access. HFM. Healthcare Financial Management, 69(4), 64-68. Retrieved from http://marketing.ecgmc.com/acton/attachment/10977/f-0142/1/-/-/-/-/Changing-the-Channel_Strategies-for-Expanding-Patient%20Access_April-2015.pdf Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, email@example.com