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 IJCM  Vol.7 No.9 , September 2016
Evaluating Hospital Admission/Discharge Rates at the Community Level
Abstract: Hospital admission/discharges rates are generating increased attention from health care providers and payors. This study focused on evaluation of inpatient hospital admission/discharge rates for Syracuse and other New York State metropolitan areas during 2014 and 2015. It provided comparative information concerning this subject and suggested how this approach to analysis of hospital utilization could be carried out using publicly available data. The study data demonstrated that hospital admission/discharge rates per 1000 population increased with patient age in all of these areas. The study data suggested that differences in hospital admission/discharge rates among the New York State metropolitan areas were generally consistent between 2014 and 2015. Utica and New York City produced the highest rates. Rochester and Albany produced the lowest rates. Utilization rates for Syracuse were considerably lower than for Utica and New York City and slightly higher than for Rochester and Albany. This analysis demonstrated that most of the differences between aggregate rates for Syracuse and Rochester were produced by elderly patients, especially those aged 75 years and over. The analysis demonstrated that most of these differences in admission rates for the elderly were produced by adult medicine patients aged 75 years and over. Most of these differences were generated by patients with respiratory, digestive, and orthopedic disorders. Additional data suggested that the highest readmission rates for adult medicine and adult surgery were produced by patients aged 75 years and over.
Cite this paper: Lagoe, R. , Murphy, M. and Littau, S. (2016) Evaluating Hospital Admission/Discharge Rates at the Community Level. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7, 608-619. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2016.79067.
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