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AHRQ Stats: Readmissions Cost More Than Initial Admissions

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Compared with initial hospital admissions costs, average costs for readmissions were 90 percent higher for ear/mastoid diseases ($12,900 vs. $6,800) and 63 percent higher for skin diseases ($13,200 vs. $8,100) in 2016, according to a HCUP Statistical Brief.

This HCUP Statistical Brief- Characteristics of 30-Day All-Cause Hospital Readmissions, 2010-2016 – presents statistics on 30-day all-cause readmissions among patients aged 1 year and older using the 2010-2016 Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD). Trends in readmissions by expected payer are provided from 2010 through 2016. Changes in readmission rates between 2010 and 2016 are presented by expected payer. The rate of readmissions and a comparison of costs for the index admission (the initial inpatient stay) and the readmission in 2016 is provided by the type of principal diagnosis. Both the expected payer and the principal diagnosis are determined based on the index admission.

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