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Study Identifies Patient Characteristics, Conditions that Drive Readmission

Three-quarters of patients readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge are readmitted to the same hospital, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS’) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Using data from 16 states collected as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI), the study sought to determine patient characteristics and conditions that increase the likelihood for readmission.

Results show patients ages 65 to 84 have the highest rate of overall readmission within 30 days after discharge. Patients with heart failure are most likely to be readmitted overall, but patients with orthopedic conditions are most likely to be readmitted to the same hospital. Further, patients originally admitted from the emergency department are more likely to be readmitted to the same hospital than patients admitted from other points of service.

Contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at or 202.585.0111 with questions.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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