Preventable Readmissions Within 30 Days of Ischemic Stroke Among Medicare Beneficiaries

STROKEAHA: October 30, 2013

Background and Purpose—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes to use 30-day hospital readmissions after ischemic stroke as part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program for payment determination beginning in 2016. The proportion of poststroke readmissions that is potentially preventable is unknown.

Methods—Thirty-day readmissions for all Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged ≥65 years discharged alive with a primary diagnosis of ischemic stroke (International Classification of DiseasesNinth Revision, Clinical Modification 433, 434, 436) between December 2005 and November 2006 were analyzed. Preventable readmissions were identified based on 14 Prevention Quality Indicators developed for use with administrative data by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. National, hospital-level, and regional preventable readmission rates were estimated. Random-effects logistic regression was also used to determine patient-level factors associated with preventable readmissions. Read More