Adults With HIV Have 1.5 Times Higher Hospital Readmission Risk: AHRQ Study
Adults living with HIV have a higher likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days than those not infected with the virus, according to a new AHRQ study. Risk-adjusted 30-day hospital readmission rates are a commonly used benchmark for hospital care quality and Medicare reimbursement. In this study, researchers used AHRQ’s 2011 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project hospital discharge data from nine states to compare readmission rates. Nonadjusted readmission rates were 11.2 percent for people without HIV and 19.7 percent for those with HIV. Predicted, adjusted readmission rates were higher for people with HIV in every insurance category, including Medicaid and Medicare, and within every diagnostic category. The findings should encourage policymakers and insurers to consider HIV status when setting readmission standards, researchers stated. The study, “Thirty-Day Hospital Readmissions for Adults With and Without HIV Infection,” andabstract were published July 14 in the journal HIV Medicine.
HIV Med. 2015 Jul 14. doi: 10.1111/hiv.12287. [Epub ahead of print]
Thirty-day hospital readmissions for adults with and without HIV infection.
© 2015 British HIV Association.
Medicaid; Medicare; health care utilization; hospital readmission
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