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All-Cause Readmissions by Payer and Age, 2009-2013

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality examines all-cause readmission rates and costs for 2009-13. Here are some of the findings:

  • The overall readmission rate for all payers combined stayed about the same 14.0 per 100 readmission for all five years.
  • However, readmission rates for Medicare patients aged 65 and over [which have the highest readmission rates] declined 6.1%, from 17.3 per 100 admissions in 2009 to 16.2 in 2013.
  • For the uninsured, the readmission rate increased by 8.9% over five years, up to 11.1% per 100 admissions in 2013.
  • The average cost of a readmission was more than the average cost of an index admission for every payer category. For all payers combined, the readmission cost was about $3000 higher than the admission.

Additional data is provided for all-cause readmission rates, readmission numbers, and readmission costs by payer, patient age, and maternal status.

Source: Barrett ML and others. All-cause readmissions by payer and age, 2009-2013. HCUP Statistical Brief [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality], no. 199, Dec. 2015. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb199-Readmissions-Payer-Age.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

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