Readmission Predictors Change with Time, ED Revisits Costlier Than Visits
June 19, 2015 | Aging Services Risk Management
Predictors of the need for readmission to the hospital following discharge change throughout the first 30 days and may require different prevention strategies, according to the results of a study published in the June 2, 2015, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The study, which evaluated 13,334 admissions between January 2009 and December 2010 at a single academic medical center, found that early readmissions were associated with markers of acute illness burden (e.g., length of hospital stay, need for a rapid response team), markers of chronic illness burden (e.g., receiving a medication indicating organ failure), and social determinants of health (e.g., barriers to learning). The data indicated that late readmissions were associated with markers of chronic illness burden (e.g., receiving a medication indicating organ failure or hemodialysis) and social determinants of health (e.g., barriers to learning, having unsupplemented Medicare or Medicaid).