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Homeless Patients More Likely to be Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 days

Patients who are homeless are far more likely than housed individuals to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 or 90 days of their discharge, according to a new multi-center analysis of inpatient data from Florida, Massachusetts and New York. The team of researchers, led by experts in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, found the most glaring disparity in Florida, where the 30-day readmission rate among homeless patients was 11 percentage points higher than the rate among housed individuals.

The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is the first large study to examine the association of homelessness with hospital readmissions across multiple states and for all conditions. For this study, the team pulled administrative claims data from the three large, geographically diverse states — which accounted for 26 percent of the nation’s homeless population — from 2010 to 2015.

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