The extent to which the ICTS can fund the costs of research testing and hospitalization for your study depends upon a categorization of the study's outpatient and inpatient scatter-bed activity. This patient categorization is made by the Program Director and Advisory Committee in consultation with the study's principal investigator. The categories are as follows:
Category A - Category A research is investigator initiated. Subject visits, either inpatient or outpatient, are solely for research purposes. All hospitalization costs associated with Category A research days or visits are the financial responsibility of the ICTS grant or the investigator's research funds.
Category B - This category pertains to patients who require hospitalization or outpatient studies for diagnosis or treatment according to established standards of care. Although these patients also participate in GCRC-based research studies, the cost of established standard medical care, i.e., non-research care, for Category B patients is not charged to the GCRC grant. The patient or third party payor are responsible for those costs.
Category D - Category D research is industry initiated. This category may include inpatient day or outpatient visits. All charges are paid directly by industry through the responsible ICTS investigator. The charge for each project is to be developed by the GAC and credited to the patient care category of the ICTS grant.