Proprietary management and higher readmission rates: A correlation.
Wang, Chih-Hsiung, E.
Goben, Abigail, H.
Boyd, Andrew, D.
PublisherPublic Library of Science
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Introduction Reducing preventable readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries is an effective way to not only reduce the exorbitantly rising cost in healthcare but also as a measure to improve the quality of patient care. Many of the previous efforts in reducing readmission rate of patients have not been very successful because of ill-defined quality measures, improper data collection methods and lack of effective strategies based on data driven solutions. Methods In this study, we analyzed the readmission data of patients for six major diseases including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia (PN), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and total hip arthroplasty and/or total knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA) from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Read- missions Reduction Program (HRRP) program for the period 2012–2015 in context with the ownership structure of the hospitals. Results Our analysis demonstrates that the readmission rates of patients were statistically higher in proprietary (for profit) hospitals compared to the government and non-profit hospitals which was independent of their geographical distribution across all six major diseases. Conclusion This finding we believe has strong implications for policy makers to mitigate any potential risks in the quality of patient care arising from unintended revenue pressure in healthcare institutions.
CitationMittel, M., Wang, C. H. E., Goben, A. H., & Boyd, A. D. (2018). Proprietary management and higher readmission rates: A correlation. PLoS ONE, 13(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0204272
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