Patient's employment status plays big role in readmission

Socioeconomic factors such as employment status are some of the biggest factors that impact the odds of a patient's readmission, according to a new study by Truven Health Analytics. The study, based on 2011 and 2012 Medicare data, concluded that a patient was more than 18 percent more likely to be readmitted if he and she did not have a job. By contrast, factors such as non-fluency in English play a small factor, as such patients often come from close-knit communities that "take care of their own" and are therefore less likely to lead to a hospital readmission, researchers say. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare



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