Hospital readmissions more than double the cost of patient care, according to a study published by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from a five percent sample of Medicare patients for the years 2007 – 2009. Key findings include:
- 17.4 percent of the patient data analyzed contained one readmission, and five percent contained more than one.
- Episodes of care that contain a readmission have average Medicare payments that are more than twice that of episodes that do not. The average Medicare episode payment increased proportionately with each additional readmission.
- The likelihood of readmission increased with the number of chronic conditions that Medicare patients had.
- The severity of a patient’s chronic condition was associated with a higher cost of readmission.