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Medicaid 30-day readmission rate averages 9.4 percent

This was an analysis of over 2.6 million hospital admissions of Medicaid beneficiaries younger than age 65 in 19 states for the year 2010 (for the most part).  The authors found overall:

“…that thirty-day readmission rates for the nineteen states that participated in our study varied from 5.5 percent to 11.9 percent, with an average of 9.4 percent.”

Among the Medicaid utilization data studied, children were found to have a lower readmission rate – 5.4 percent, compared to adults – 12.8 percent (remember that this is a non-elderly population of adults).  The authors also explored the broad diagnostic categories which had the highest readmission rates.  For children, it was “certain conditions originating in the perinatal period;” for teenagers, it was “diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs;” and for adults up to age 64, it was “mental and behavioral disorders.”

Source: Trudnak, T., Kelley, D., and others. (2014, August). Medicaid admissions and readmissions: understanding the prevalence, payment, and most common diagnoses. Health Affairs. 33(8), 1337-1344.  Click here for access to the publisher’s website: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/8/1337.short  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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