Hospitals struggling to reduce 30-day readmissions can gain insights from a new federal report that lists the top conditions associated with approximately 3.3 million readmissions in 2011.
The report, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, also analyzes how conditions vary depending on insurance coverage. Researchers used readmissions data from AHRQs Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, which is a set of healthcare databases and tools. Readmissions in 2011 contributed $41.3 billion in total hospital costs. The study covered Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older, and individuals aged 18-64 who were privately insured, covered by Medicaid or uninsured.
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