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Behavioral Health and Readmissions in Massachusetts Acute Care Hospitals

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Based on the hospital inpatient discharge data for SFY 2017, the Center for Health Information and Analysis’ (CHIA) research, published in October 2019, found that there was a high prevalence of behavioral health comorbidities among hospitalized adults in Massachusetts acute care hospitals. The readmission rate for patients with behavioral health comorbidities was substantially higher than for patients without any behavioral health comorbidity.

This report’s findings suggest that policymakers, patients, families, and others in the health care community¬†should be more aware of the increased readmission risk of any hospitalized patients with a behavioral health comorbidity, and efforts to reduce avoidable readmissions should include identifying risk factors associated with this group.

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