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Researchers Examine Information That Predicts Unplanned Hospital Readmissions

from The Register-Herald

New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients' risk of readmission may have a blind spot — whether patients are on Medicaid. Physicians and nurses use the "LACE index" to identify which patients are most likely to be readmitted to the hospital because symptoms come back or complications arise. But Health Sciences Center research is suggesting payor information is key for improving predictions in West Virginia. more

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