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Home health: rehospitalization rate goes up 1% per Rx

Vanderbilt Home Care Services, Inc. (Nashville, TN) analyzed data on about 31,000 home health patients and found that “each new medication a patient is prescribed raises that patient’s rehospitalization rate by 1%.”  So, a chronically ill home health patient who is taking 10 medications is 10 percent more likely to be rehospitalized.  The objective of analysis of the home health patient data is to move towards a quantitative projection of a specific patient’s risk of rehospitalization and then a targeting of interventions.

Source:  Innovation advisors look to statistics to shape home health’s future.  Home Health Line;37(5):6-7, Jan. 30, 2012.  Click here for publisher’s website: https://store.decisionhealth.com/Product.aspx?ProductCode=HHL  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org  

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