The increased likelihood of 30-day hospital readmission for hospitalized Medicare patients who have 10 or more chronic conditions, compared with those who have only one to four chronic conditions.4 These patients with multiple chronic conditions represent only 8.9% of Medicare beneficiaries but account for 50% of all rehospitalizations. The numbers are drawn from a 5% sample of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries during the first nine months of 2008. Those with five to nine chronic conditions had 2.5 times the odds for being readmitted.
Larry Beresford is a freelance writer in Alameda, Calif.
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