African Americans face greater risk of hospital readmission

(Fierce Healthcare) Hospitalized patients who are African American and/or on Medicaid face a greater chance of being readmitted to a hospital within one month of their first discharge, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The risk of readmission also went up among patients on high-risk medications and those who were dealing with congestive heart failure, renal disease, cancer, weight loss and iron deficiency anemia.

African Americans are 43 percent more likely to be readmitted after other variables are adjusted. People on Medicaid are 15 percent more likely to be readmitted.

“Many healthcare systems are now making efforts to improve the transition from hospital to home or nursing facility to try to reduce preventable readmissions but they need to know which patients to focus on to have the biggest impact,” Dr. Nazima Allaudeen, lead author of the study, noted in a press release. “Studies like ours should give practitioners direction to non-clinical factors to identify.”

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