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  1. Sackett, Kay EdD, RN
  2. Pope, Rosemary Kelly BSN, RN, CCM
  3. Erdley, William Scott DNS, RN


Healthcare providers need information to guide the management of patient health while administrators focus on resource management. The underpinning of economic analysis, in the clinical setting, is that resources are scarce. The allocation of resources requires delivered services to provide more benefits than cost and hence, the need to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) for disease management programs. This article describes the ROI for a prenatal program developed at a Western New York Managed Care Organization (MCO). A positive ROI for the program under study will be demonstrated using a model of economic analysis.