TEAM-HF Costing ToolThe TEAM-HF Costing Tool is a user-friendly computerized spreadsheet program for use by researchers or health care managers to systematically generate cost estimates for economic evaluations and to inform budgetary decisions.
Potential uses include:
- Reimbursement negotiations
- Improving the efficiency of existing programs
- Cost-effectiveness analysis
About the TEAM-HF Costing Tool
The TEAM-HF Costing Tool was designed as a Microsoft® 2010 Excel workbook. Upon opening the tool, users should 'Enable Macros' to allow full functionality of VBA code. The Macros were developed to assist users to navigate through the tool and reset inputs to their null values.
The tool guides users on data collection and cost assignment for associated personnel, facilities, equipment, supplies, patient incentives, miscellaneous items, and start-up activities. We strongly encourage users to read through the User Manual and Tips for Completing the Tool upon initiating use of the costing tool.
Customized Data Collection Forms
As an optional adjunct to the costing tool, we have developed an interactive questionnaire which applies a user's responses to generate customized data collection forms. These forms mirror the information necessary to complete each of the worksheets in the TEAM-HF Costing Tool.
The User Manual is provided as a printable PDF document or it can be viewed online. Users are strongly encouraged to read through this document upon initial use of the costing tool. It provides valuable information about terminology used and provides descriptions of the costing options integrated into the tool.
Examples and Recommendations
We have developed a document to provide guidance on the completion of specific components of the TEAM-HF Costing Tool for several scenarios.