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Neither Race nor Socioeconomic Status are Factors in Readmission Rate

Written by Selena Horner | Feb 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 Those of you preparing for the future may be interested in readmission rates and what factors are involved. I don't have full access, so I have no comment about the strength of this research. I did think it might be helpful for some of you. Please note, it isn't as current as some of the articles I share.

Here's a quick view of the abstract. 

No evidence for race and socioeconomic status as independent predictors of 30-day readmission rates following orthopedic surgery.



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services considers readmissions within 30 days of discharge to be a quality indicator. Hospitals' and eventually physicians' readmission rates will be used to determine payment for services. It is imperative that health care providers understand which patients are at risk for readmission so that they can apply the appropriate preventive interventions. The research team analyzed all orthopedic admissions and readmissions at their institution from September 2008 to April 2011 in this study. Preparing for the next stage in health care reform, identifying any preoperative factors that may place certain patients into a "high-risk" category for readmission following an orthopedic procedure is of paramount importance. This data analysis of more than 13 000 patients noted that race-based and income-based risk factors did not translate into significant risk factors or predictors of 30-day readmission following orthopedic admission.

Am J Med Qual. 2015 Sep-Oct;30(5):484-8. doi: 10.1177/1062860614534882. Epub 2014 May 22.