HCUP: Younger Medicare Patients More Frequently Readmitted

Research findings show 30-day readmission rates were approximately 25 percent higher for non-elderly Medicare patients than among Medicare patients 65 and over, according to a study conducted by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.

For their study, HCUP collected data on all-cause readmission, sorting by payor and age group, from 15 states in 2008. Total data collections accounted for 42 percent of the total U.S. population. Other findings from their study include the following:

·    Among non-maternal adults (age 45-64), Medicaid patients were readmitted to hospitals approximately 60 percent more often than uninsured patients. Similarly, they were readmitted to hospitals twice as often as privately insured patients.

·    Maternal readmission rates were approximately 50 percent higher for uninsured and Medicaid patients than for privately insured patients.

·    Medicaid and privately insured pediatric patients were readmitted within seven and 14 days more frequently than uninsured patients, regardless of the readmission period.

Read HCUP's study on hospital readmissions (pdf).

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