JAMA: November 11, 2013
Importance Preventable hospitalizations are common among older adults for reasons that are not well understood.
Objective To determine whether Medicare patients with ambulatory visit patterns indicating higher continuity of care have a lower risk of preventable hospitalization.
Design Retrospective cohort study.
Setting Ambulatory visits and hospital admissions.
Participants Continuously enrolled fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries older than 65 years with at least 4 ambulatory visits in 2008.
Exposures The concentration of patient visits with physicians measured for up to 24 months using the continuity of care score and usual provider continuity score on a scale from 0 to 1. Read More