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Re-admissions and race

African-American patients and those using Medicaid have a much greater chance of being re-admitted to a hospital within a month of their discharge. 

That’s according to a recent study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The study found that even after adjusting for other variables, African-Americans were 43% more likely to be readmitted. Medicaid patients were 15% more likely to be re-admitted.

Re-admission rates were also higher for patients on high-risk medications and those who were diagnosed with congestive heart failure, renal disease, cancer or iron deficiency anemia. Nearly half of the re-admissions took place within 10 days of the patients’ initial admission. About one-fourth of the re-admissions were for the same diagnosis as the original admission.

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