Physician visit rates introduce substantial bias when regional mortality and spending rates are adjusted for illness using comorbidity measures based on the number of diagnoses recorded in the Medicare database, according to recent research published in the British Medical Journal. Correcting usual risk adjustment methods for visit rates better explains and reduces variation among regions in burden of illness measured by age, sex, and race adjusted mortality and results in plausible mortality and spending rates. Press release: download the data table: podcast.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a report showing that one in eight Medicare patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released after surgery in 2010, while patients in the hospital for reasons other than surgery returned at an even higher rate of one in six. The findings are based on new data from the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Click here for data tables.
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